Step one would be to get your terminologies on track for that answer. SMOG is an acronym for smoke and fog that was created in merry old England at the beginning of the 20th century. It has since come to define any type of air born pollutant, which tends to “cloud” the entire discussion. The Smokey Mountains in the eastern part of the U.S. are smokey as a result of the SMOG created by the hydro carbons given off by the trees mixing with the water vapor in the air (fog).
The real question at hand, how many pounds of CO2 do trees filter out of the air. My reading indicates that the question is largely misunderstood with the real answer being it is pretty much of a 50/50 proposition, with the trees reaching a level of maximum absorption fairly quickly. And that answer: about a ton per acre per year. A better answer would be on how much carbon is transfered from the tree to the soil. In which case the answer COULD be as much as 60 pounds of carbon per square meter.
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