Ever since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has increased by as much as 45%. Carbon dioxide can lead to a sudden surge in temperatures. Hence, the global warming effect. Trees help to take away some of that CO2 from the atmosphere by absorbing it. The following are other ways that trees can benefit the environment:
1. Keep the Soil Fertile
The top layer of soil is nutrient-rich because that is where most of the decomposition happens. Unfortunately, heavy rainfall and strong winds can take away those nutrients. When it rains and the ground is flat, the water will carry away the top layer of the soil and transport those nutrients somewhere else. In scientific terms, rains cause soil erosion.
Winds blow away the nutrients because there is nothing to stop it. Trees act as barriers to both rainwater and wind. They keep the top layer of the soil intact by absorbing most of the rainwater. Trees also act as windbreakers by stopping strong winds.
2. Protect the Ocean
Phytoplanktons are aquatic microorganisms that live on the surface of water bodies. They are mostly found in the oceans. The number of phytoplankton in the environment is in trillions. One thing that sets phytoplanktons apart from other aquatic microorganisms is their ability to absorb CO2.
The rise in CO2 levels in the atmosphere means that phytoplanktons have more CO2 to absorb. As a result, the acidity levels in oceans have increased, threatening … Read MoreContinue Reading