Thursday, January 3, 2013

Plant a tree - combat global warming

I'm sure we all have different views on global warming.  But, one thing that is undeniable is that our seasons are changing.  I remember growing up as a kid, winters would be harsh.  Lots of snow fall.  Lots of snow days.  Although we have a decent winter, it's veracity sure has changed over the years; Less snow fall, a shorter winter season and one that is more mild.  We have global warming to thank for this.  While shorter, milder winters sure are nice, the overall effects of global warming are not good.  I won't go into how global warming is going to destroy the earth in this post, but I will tell you how you can do your part to help keep it at bay! 

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.”
Here is a list of trees that are especially good at storing and absorbing carbon dioxide: Common Horse-chestnut, 
Black Walnut, 
American Sweetgum, 
Ponderosa Pine, 
Red Pine, 
White Pine, 
London Plane, 
Hispaniolan Pine, 
Douglas Fir, 
Scarlet Oak, 
Red Oak, 
Virginia Live Oak and 
Bald Cypress

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.
Those who wish to help larger tree planting efforts can donate money or time to the National Arbor Day Foundation or American Forests in the U.S., or to the Tree Canada Foundation in Canada.

Trees "R " Us, Inc. is proud to educate our communities on proper tree care and maintenance.
It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment. We hope you found this post informative and educational.
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs. Tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, fertilizations, tree disease treatments and prevention as well as plant health care are just a few of our high quality, professional services. Contact us today for a free analysis or quote at www.treesrusinc.com or at 847-913-9069.
Thanks for reading,
Nick

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