Cutting down trees is pretty much one of the worst things you can do when it
comes to climate change. Deforestation, by varying accounts, contributes
anywhere from 20 percent to 30 percent of all carbon dioxide (C02) emissions --
around 1.6 billion tons.
When you cut down trees you get a double whammy. First of all, they are not
called the lungs of the Earth for nothing -- we clearly need trees so that we
and other animals can breathe. Trees also are in the front line against
pollution, breathing in millions of tons of greenhouse gases a year that they
store in their trunks.
According to the United Nations' Environmental Programme (UNEP), trees store a
staggering 283 gigatons of carbon in their biomass. When that is combined with
the carbon found in the surrounding deadwood and soil, the result is 50 percent
more carbon than is currently found in the atmosphere. When those trees are
felled or burned -- trees that are comprised of ...