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Group clones California giant trees to combat climate change

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CAMP NELSON, Calif. (AP) -

A team of arborists is cloning some of the world's tallest and oldest trees to combat climate change.

Michigan-based nurseryman David Milarch led a recent expedition to collect genetic samples from California's giant sequoias and coastal redwoods. Milarch is co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.

He says the trees' robustness make them ideal for absorbing greenhouse gases driving climate change.

Skeptics such as University of California, Berkeley biologist Todd Dawson doubt that planting a limited number of trees will cool the warming planet. He favors more sweeping approaches such as curbing the use of fossil fuels and protecting vast rainforests.

Horticulture consultant Bill Werner defends Archangel, saying at least the group is taking action.

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