as natural air conditioners for the environment, plants and trees
normally release water vapor through their tiny leaf pores in a process
called evapo-transpiration. However, increasing amounts of carbon
dioxide in the atmosphere cause the pores to shrink. This reduces their
absorption of CO2 as well as their cooling ability.
study from the Carnegie Institution for Science in the USA has shown
that such decreased evaporative capacity actually amplifies surrounding
temperatures, increasing the warming effect of the CO2 itself. Study
co-authors Drs. Long Cao and Ken Caldeira found that when the
concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere was doubled, the diminished
evapo-transpiration of plants accounted for 16% of land surface warming,
averaged over the entire globe.
In regions such as parts of
North America and eastern Asia, the warming effect could exceed 25% of
the total caused by CO2 alone. Dr. Caldeira stated, “…The kind of
vegetation that's on the surface of our planet and what that vegetation
is doing is very important in determining our climate. We need to take
great care in considering what kind of changes we make to forests and
other ecosystems, because they are likely to have important climate
Drs. Long Cao, Ken Caldeira and Carnegie Institute
associates, we appreciate your work that reveals how the beneficial
vegetation can be so adversely affected by human-caused global warming.
us swiftly act in unison to adopt sustainable living practices that
protect the forests and our Earthly abode. Supreme Master Ching Hai has
frequently spoken of our need to value the irreplaceable components of
our planet’s ecosystems, including the flora, as during this 2001
lecture in Florida, USA.
Supreme Master Ching Hai : Everything
has something. Like trees. We die without trees. The water will be less
because there are no trees to attract water and to keep water when it
is there.http://www.physorg.com/news192120859.html http://www.ciw.edu/news/co2_effects_plants_increases_global_warming http://www.ciw.edu/news/how_avoid_severe_climate_change_discussed_co2_conference
So everything on this planet, including us, is
interrelated and help each other to make our lives here comfortable and
livable, comfortably. But if we don't know that, we are killing
ourselves. Every time we kill a tree, or kill an animal, we are killing a
little part of ourselves.
If we have to cut trees, we replant some more. Put three more.