FAQ's about carbon

How do you weigh carbon dioxide?


Most people find it unbelievable that one gallon of gasoline (weighing about 6 pounds) can turn into 20 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Here's the calculation: One gallon of gasoline weighs between 5.8 and 6.2 pounds. Gasoline contains carbon with an atomic mass of 12 units and hydrogen (I unit of mass).
Carbon dioxide adds two oxygen molecules, each with a mass of 16 units (12 + 16 + 16 = 44). You are adding two oxygen's to each carbon when you use gasoline, so 6 pounds of gasoline x 44/13 = 6 x 3.4 = 20.4 pounds of carbon dioxide and water vapor, if burned completely.

How many miles do you drive each year?

Onetree per 2000 miles

How many miles do you fly each year?

One tree per 2000 miles

How much electricity do you use each year (kilowatt-hours)?

One tree per 1000 kwhrs

Why cut down a tree and turn it into a durable good?


When a tree dies, it releases its stored carbon back into the air.The death and rotting of one 70-year-old tree would return over 3 tons of carbon to the

atmosphere. The trees we plant grow back from the stump. That means we can get at least 5 mature trees harvested for every 1 we plant.

Why do we need trees?


1) Trees Produce Oxygen
Let's face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don't realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breath.

2) Trees Clean the Soil
The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.

3) Trees Control Noise Pollution
Trees muffle urban noise almost as effectively as stone walls. Trees, planted at strategic points in a neighborhood or around your house, can abate major noises from freeways and airports.

4) Trees Slow Storm Water Runoff
Flash flooding can be dramatically reduced by a forest or by planting trees. One Colorado blue spruce, either planted or growing wild, can intercept more than 1000 gallons of water annually when fully grown. Underground water-holding aquifers are recharged with this slowing down of water runoff.

5) Trees Are Carbon Sinks
To produce its food, a tree absorbs and locks away carbon dioxide in the wood, roots and leaves. Carbon dioxide is a global warming suspect. A forest is a carbon storage area or a "sink" that can lock up as much carbon as it produces. This locking-up process "stores" carbon as wood and not as an available "greenhouse" gas.

6) Trees Clean the Air
Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.

7) Trees Shade and Cool
Shade resulting in cooling is what a tree is best known for. Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer. In winter, trees break the force of winter winds, lowering heating costs. Studies have shown that parts of cities without cooling shade from trees can literally be "heat islands" with temperatures as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit higher than surrounding areas.

8) Trees Act as Windbreaks
During windy and cold seasons, trees located on the windward side act as windbreaks. A windbreak can lower home heating bills up to 30% and have a significant effect on reducing snow drifts. A reduction in wind can also reduce the drying effect on soil and vegetation behind the windbreak and help keep precious topsoil in place.

9) Trees Fight Soil Erosion
Erosion control has always started with tree and grass planting projects. Tree roots bind the soil and their leaves break the force of wind and rain on soil. Trees fight soil erosion, conserve rainwater and reduce water runoff and sediment deposit after storms.

10) Trees Increase Property Values
Real estate values increase when trees beautify a property or neighborhood. Trees can increase the property value of your home by 15% or more.




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