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Bill Gates is emphatic: "I don't plant trees," he declared recently, wading into a debate about whether mass tree planting is really much use in fighting climate change.

The billionaire philanthropist was being probed on how he offsets his carbon emissions and insisted he avoids "some of the less proven approaches."

The claim that planting enough trees could solve the climate crisis is "complete nonsense," he told a climate discussion organized by the New York Times last week.

"Are we the science people or are we the idiots?"

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