Global warming is in large part due to carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas emitted by the cars we drive and the power plants around our nation. Trees are a very important tool to reverse the effects of global warming because they absorb the store carbon dioxide before it has the chance to reach the upper atmosphere where it traps heat around the earth.
Woody plants are three times more effective at capturing solar energy than annual plants. This “photosynthetic efficiency” means woody plants used on a large scale could reverse global warming.
All plants absorb carbon dioxide as part of photosynthesis, but trees process significantly more than smaller plants due to their large size and extensive root structures. As kings of the plant world, trees, have much more “woody biomass” to store carbon dioxide than smaller plants, and as a result are considered nature’s most efficient “carbon sinks.”
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In reality, all trees, not just the trees from this list help absorb carbon dioxide. Most scientists will agree that the least expensive and perhaps the easiest way for individuals to help offset the carbon dioxide that is generates through everyday life is to plant a tree. Any tree. Just make sure it is appropriate for the given region and climate.