The shadow of the Stuttgart TV tower is cast on a patch of forest on the outskirts of the southern German city on January 29, 2016. / AFP / dpa / Marijan Murat
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An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.Forest changes have nudged Europe's summer temperatures up by 0.12 degree Celsius (0.2 Fahrenheit) since 1750, largely because many nations have planted conifers such as pines and spruce whose dark color traps the sun's heat, the scientists said.Since 1750, Europe's forests have gained 196,000 sq kilometers (76,000 sq miles) – an area bigger than Greece – to reach 2.13 million sq kilometers in 2010, the study said.In the same period, conifer forests expanded by 633,000 sq kms while broad-leaved forests shrank by 436,000 sq kms.
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