Nice post Clare.
There is a need for some detailed information on this oxygen topic and for some real interest by the authorities on the effects of deforestation.
I would like to look further into this.
In the meantime I just have in my mind that we use up about 4% of the oxygen we inhale and what we exhale includes 4% CO2.
Where our approx 20% oxygen originated, I know not, but that it needs to be replenished continuously is an important fact. Without the plant life we are doomed.
Reducing the population would reduce our total personal oxygen use, but its loss due to combustion conversion into CO2 is probably far greater a problem. I guess “their” idea of population reduction is to achieve less combustion and less deforestation.
Increased atmospheric CO2 is great for the plant life and therefore great for us.
Even better for us would be an increased oxygen level rather that its tendency to slowly reduce.
I hope your readers come up with some comments.
- Amazon’s doomed species set to pay deforestation’s ‘extinction debt’ (environmentalresearchweb.org)
- Oxygen-separation membranes could aid in CO2 reduction (eurekalert.org)
- 7 striking examples of deforestation from NASA (mnn.com)
As a child growing up and learning about life– partly through the wonderful instructions of my parents and partly through the education system, I learned that trees took in the carbon dioxide we breathed out, and through a process called photosynthesis – they gave off oxygen which we breath in. To Humans carbon dioxide was not beneficial for growth and survival and oxygen was necessary for life, as we know it on planet Earth. The trees needed the carbon dioxide – therefore we worked together – symbiotic!
Whoopee- it was at that early stage in my life that I became a lover of trees.
Just how much carbon dioxide does a tree take in (absorb) in a year seems like a fairly easy question to research. In the past ten years I have heard many stories of carbon sequestration being applied, on properties where people would normally be family…
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