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August 25, 2016 Ecotech Gallery No Comments

Plantation

 

ALL ABOUT TREES

Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They keep our air supply clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and help make our landscapes look beautiful.

Trees are an important part of our world. They provide wood for building and pulp for making paper. They serve as homes for wildlife. They provide ideal places for birds to nest and crevices where small animals — and the tiny insects and micro-organisms that care of their food- live. Many types of fruits and nuts come from trees — including apples, oranges, walnuts, pears and peaches. Even the sap of trees is useful as food for insects and for maple syrup.

As trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Trees provide many benefits to us, every day. The trees then release oxygen that nearly all the Earth’s inhabitants need to breathe. One mature tree absorbs carbon dioxide at the rate of 48 pounds per year.

Trees do lots for us, our environment and other plants and animals in nature.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Trees have significant environmental, social, and economical benefits.

Trees clean the air by absorbing noxious gases and pollutants, improving air quality. One of the key gases they absorb is carbon dioxide, which is a main contributor to climate change. Whether you plant trees around your home and property, in your community, or in our national forests, they help fight climate change. Through the natural process of photosynthesis, trees absorb CO2 and other pollutant particulates, then store the carbon and emit pure oxygen.

Trees provide shade and cool urban areas. Shade from trees helps lower temperatures, particularly in urban areas known as “heat islands” — areas that are measurably warmer than surrounding areas — and prevents water from evaporating from the ground too quickly. Trees can lower air-conditioning and heating costs of a household or business by decreasing energy use. If planted near a building, trees can reduce energy bills by up to 40 percent.

The green – is a calming, cool color that helps your eyes quickly recover from strain. Trees can have a calming effect on humans, and studies have shown that neighborhoods with more trees have fewer incidences of violence than communities with fewer trees. It is also shown that trees help humans heal faster! People recovering from illnesses or injuries have been shown to recover more quickly when they have a view of trees and nature from their windows.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS AFFECTS ON TREES

Deforestation is clearing Earth’s forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year.

The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation.

Forests are cut down for many reasons, but most of them are related to money or to people’s need to provide for their families.The biggest driver of deforestation is agriculture. Farmers cut forests to provide more room for planting crops or grazing livestock. Often many small farmers will each clear a few acres to feed their families by cutting down trees and burning them in a process known as “slash and burn” agriculture.

Logging operations, which provide the world’s wood and paper products, also cut countless trees each year. Loggers, some of them acting illegally, also build roads to access more and more remote forests—which leads to further deforestation. Forests are also cut as a result of growing urban sprawl.

Not all deforestation is intentional. Some is caused by a combination of human and natural factors like wildfires and subsequent overgrazing, which may prevent the growth of young trees.

Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment. The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Seventy percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.

 

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