How can we make trees more valuable than cutting them down?



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    Through education about the value of trees and their positive effects on the environment is one good way to show everyone the value of trees. There are numerous things that trees do that help benefit the planet.

    1.Trees produce oxygen. We would not be alive today if there were not any trees. A mature tree produces as much oxygen as 10 people inhale a year. Trees also act as a giant filter that helps clean the air we breath. If more and more trees get cut down, the less amount of clean oxygen there will be for us to beathe.

    2. Trees help clean the air by interfcepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulfure dioxide and nitrogen dixoide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates. If number of trees cut down continues to rise, then there will be a signifcant amount of harmful chemicals that we breathe in.
    3. Trees clean the soil through a process of phytoremediation, a process when dangerous chemicals and pollutants in the soil are absorbed by trees. Trees do many things such as filter chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, and clean roadside spills. Without trees, the health of the planet will signicantly deteriorate.


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    Great question. Economists have been developing a system to value ecosystem services that would allow us to incorporate the services provided by trees and forests (many of which paolomiguel described above) into our current system of valuation with dollars and cents. Part of the challenge is, how much, in dollar value, is clean air worth? or clean water?–both services that the forests provide. One way of determining this value is to calculate how much it would cost if humans needed to manufacture these things on their own.

    This is what the city of New York did to determine if it would be more economically feasible to protect the watershed that supplies water the city or to build additional water treatment facilities. It turned out it was cheaper to protect the watersheds from suburban development.

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