Hank D and the Bee: The Many Benefits of Trees

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More on the benefits of trees…

Source: TreePeople.org: Top 22 Benefits of Trees.

Trees combat the greenhouse effect

Global warming is the result of excess greenhouse gases, created by burning fossil fuels and destroying tropical rainforests. Heat from the sun, reflected back from the earth, is trapped in this thickening layer of gases, causing global temperatures to rise. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

Trees clean the air

Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Trees provide oxygen

In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.

Trees cool the streets and the city

Average temperatures in Los Angeles have risen 6°F in the last 50 years as tree coverage has declined and the number of heat-absorbing roads and buildings has increased.

Trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.

Trees conserve energy

Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.

For details on the rest of the benefits listed in the image above, visit this link from TreePeople.org: Top 22 Benefits of Trees.

Special thanks to Lorin Crandall, Clean Water Program Director at the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, for the idea for this cartoon.

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About the author / 

Green Dude Joe

Joe Mohr has been a freelance cartoonist for the past eight years. His cartoons have been published in/on Yes! Magazine, The Village Voice, Center for Media and Democracy, Treehugger, Greenpeace, Planetsave, Elephant Journal, Wend Magazine, EarthDesk, and many other on-line and in print publications. Joe's cartoons were included in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year (Pelican Press). For more cartoons, look back at the entire Hank D and the Bee archives.His first children's book ROBOT+BIKE=KITTEN hit the shelves in 2013. Joe has lived in Chicago and Portugal and currently call St Louis home with his wife and three young children. Learn more on his website.

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