U.S Cities Lose 36 Million Trees a Year

U.S Cities Lose 36 Million Trees a Year

Sam Wallace, writer

 

Last year U.S small cities and suburban areas lost 36 million trees. That accounts for 1 % of all of the trees in those areas. That means at the current rate we will completely run out of trees in those cities in 100 years. Trees are very important to humans and the earth for a plethora of reasons. Every year trees take hundreds of tons of carbon dioxide and use photosynthesis to turn it into oxygen. Too much carbon dioxide is bad for the earth because it is a greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gasses linger in the atmosphere and absorb energy from the sun. this prevents the energy from leaving the atmosphere and ends up heating up the earth. this causes climate change which is destroying the earth’s unique ecosystems and environments.

 

a high rate of tree loss can also lead to deforestation. Deforestation is when trees are removed from an area and then not replaced. Deforestation can lead to a loss of biodiversity and can also lead to the extinction of many species. that list includes Borneo Pygmy Elephants and black spider monkeys. Additionally according to CNN  ¨Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.¨

 

Their are many reasons that trees are disappearing all over the world including hurricanes wildfires and tornados. But far and away the most common reason for deforestation is humans clearing out the trees to expand citys.