Thursday, February 27, 2014
10 Carbon-Storing Trees, and How to Plant Them
Posted by Green Yatra at 12:38 PMHow can I make a difference in the global environmental crisis? Trees are still the best “technology” to capture CO2, if you pick the right ones. On school Arbor Day outings in the seventies, it was hard to imagine how my class’s tiny maple sapling could make a difference to the local rabbits and squirrels, let alone “the health of the planet,” an idea so big I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Today, stories of ecosystem devastation and industrial excesses bring the carbon crisis into troubling focus. It’s easy to despair about balancing even our own “carbon footprint”. Where to begin? Do trees really absorb greenhouse gases, and if so, are all trees created equal? How do I plant a tree that will thrive and maximize its contribution?