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In 50 years one tree recycles more than $37,000 worth of water, provides $31,000 worth of erosion control, $62,000 worth of air pollution control, and produces $37,000 worth of oxygen.
Two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four.
Trees help reduce the "greenhouse effect" by absorbing CO2. One acre of trees removes 2.6 tons of CO2 per year.
Forest planting is one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing CO2. To remove 1 pound of CO2, planting a tree costs less than 1 cent, developing more energy efficient appliances costs about 2 1/2 cents, and developing more fuel-efficient cars costs about 10 cents.
By cooling the air and ground around them, the shade from trees helps cool the Earth's temperature.
Trees are good noise barriers, making a city and neighborhood quieter.
Trees help prevent city flooding by catching raindrops and offsetting runoff caused by buildings and parking lots.
Hospital patients heal faster, require shorter stays and less painkillers if room windows face trees.
A tree-line buffer between fields and streams helps remove farming pollutants before they reach the water.
Well placed trees help cut energy costs and consumption by decreasing air conditioning costs 10-50% & reducing heating costs as much as 22%.
Trees are the longest living and largest living organisms on Earth.
People who plant trees become healthier, better looking, richer, and have more friends (well maybe that's stretching it a bit) - plant a tree and find out!
In deserts, leaves absorb moisture from the dew and frost of the cool nights and release it to cool the air during the warm days.
Trees enhance the aesthetics of our environment. Their grandeur, tenacity, and beauty are probably the most enjoyable aspect of trees.
Tree bark and fruit have many medicinal properties, which are still being discovered.
Birds and animals use trees for their homes and shelter and as a source of food.
One person causes about 10 tons of carbon dioxide to be emitted a year. One tree removes about 1 ton of CO2 per year. Planting 30 trees per person will remove each that person's carbon debt for the year.
Trees increase property values by 5 to 20% due to their landscaping value.
There are curriently about 62 trees per person in the entire world. Plant more trees!