Thursday, August 30, 2007

Chop a Tree, Save the Planet

Something you don't often hear from Greenpeace, but there it is:

Trees are the most powerful concentrators of carbon on Earth.
Through photosynthesis, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in
their wood, which is nearly 50 per cent carbon by weight. Trees contain about
250 kilograms of carbon per cubic metre.
North Americans are the world’s
largest per-capita wood consumers and yet our forests cover approximately the
same area of land as they did 100 years ago. According to the United Nations,
our forests have expanded nearly 100 million acres over the past decade.

I'd been going with the propaganda given all my life by the environmentalists, that all the trees in the world were being chopped down and we're all going to suffer for it. As many trees now than 100 years ago and expanding? Who knew?