Silvopasture Provides Natural Cooling

A study led by the University of Washington found that adding trees to pastureland in the tropics, or silvopasture, can cool local temperatures by up to 4.3° F for every four tons of woody material added per acre, depending on the density of tree plantings. The finding could help farmers in tropical climates adapt to rising temperatures by providing natural cooling for pastures. Researchers found that the effect holds true at all scales. The study also identified areas worldwide that could gain the most by practicing silvopasture.