trees are like machines that can capture carbon in the atmosphere in an efficient way.
trees bind the soil, sequester carbon, improve soil fertility and also improve infiltration and recharge of groundwater, and provide us with oxygen.
trees help to clean the air we breathe. Through their leaves and bark they absorb harmful pollutants and release oxygen. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke. Trees act as carbon sinks, offsetting carbon and reducing the effects of climate change.
trees sequester CO2 carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and create oxygen.
trees shade buildings to help cool them and thus affect energy use.
trees store carbon
trees reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by sequestering carbon in new growth every year. As a tree grows, it stores more carbon by holding it in its accumulated tissue. The amount of carbon annually sequestered is increased with the size and health of the trees.
as a tree dies and decays, it releases much of the stored carbon back into the atmosphere. Trees take in carbon dioxide, release oxygen by way of photosynthesis, and store carbon in their trunks. And when the leaves land on the ground, soil microbes work to decompose the leaves and other organic matter, which releases carbon dioxide.
birds, bees and butterflies
trees, plants and flowers are for the birds, bees and butterflies.
a tree can be planted for as little as 10 cents. Planting a tree is a gesture of goodwill towards people in the future. 2011 Felix Finkbinder proposed to plant a trillion trees. how many trees could fit in existing intact ecosystems? brasilia Brazil Saharo
trees capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and produce oxygen O2. Humans need oxygen at nose level to live.
photosynthesis → (sunlight)
naturally, trees use photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide from the air into nutrients that they use for food and growth.
6CO2 + 6H2O → C6H12O6 + 6O2. The reactants are converted by light energy captured by chorophyll (implied by the arrow) into a sugar molecule and 6 oxygen molecules, the products.
climate mitigation measures can bend the curve on increasing fire weather.
a proper tree canopy provides shade to cool the environment. Trees cool the air by a process known as 'transpiration cooling'. As trees release water into the atmosphere from their leaves via transpiration, the surrounding air is cooled as water goes from liquid to a vapor. The water that is released in its gas vapor form has a cooling effect on the surrounding air.
evergreens look good all year. Pines are sun loving trees that can make good wind breaks and will protect your soil from erosion.
please don't kill Christmas trees. Why do we treat Christmas trees like old flowers and toss 'em after a few weeks? If you like Christmas trees, then plant an evergreen tree in your yard, maybe select a fir, pine or spruce.
a wonderful tree for California climate is the Engelmann oak International Oak Society
plant for the planet Felix Finkbeiner
onetreeplanted.org a non-profit org focused on global reforestation.
leaves are natural stores of carbon. In the springtime, leaves soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, converting the gas into organic carbon compounds. Come autumn, trees shed their leaves, leaving them to decompose in the soil as they are eaten by microbes. Over time, decaying leaves release carbon back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.