The death of one 70-year old tree would return over three tons of carbon to the atmosphere.
Air Quality Benefits of Trees
Trees work in many different ways to improve the quality of the air. Removal of air pollutants and reduction of ozone formation are just a few of the ways that trees enhance atmospheric conditions. To find out more ways trees help boost air quality, explore the resources below.
- The Effects of Urban Trees on Air Quality
- In addition to removing pollutants, city trees create microclimates that help to shade and cool many concrete and metal urban structures. Lowering the temperature of an urban ‘heat island’ through trees can lead to more energy efficiency.
- Carbon Storage and Sequestration by Urban Trees in the USA
- Size matters: Fast growing, large trees in the open canopy of the urban forest sequester and store more carbon on average than their densely concentrated rural relatives.
- Our Urban Forests Improve the Quality of Life
- Planting urban trees may not only help minimize air pollution, but also alleviate pollution-related health problems and related healthcare costs.