If anyone has any doubt about the restorative qualities of trees, and their role as allies in an overheating world, this provides several convincing arguments. Reblogged from The Creative Flux.
November 2, 2010
As most people hopefully know – other than the obvious need to curb our own greed and short term gains-philosophy, the plant world is our greatest ally in combating our rapidly progressing climate change. Our planet’s forested areas act as giant sponges, absorbing pollution and carbon dioxide and, in return, supply us living creatures with oxygen. In addition, they support countless ecosystems, including a seemingly endless variety of species. In urban settings, parkland and green areas act as temperature regulators of a phenomenon commonly referred to as “the heat island effect”. (Which is the reason cities are always hotter than rural areas, as asphalt and concrete reflects the solar heat, as opposed to absorbs it.) In addition, medical research is highly dependent on an unbroken continuity of botanical diversity. I read somewhere that over 98% of new medicines stem from new discoveries in the plant world, which…
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