2011 International Year of Forests: forests and climate

The lungs of the earth Forests worldwide do more than just provide a habitat (a place to live) for plants and animals. The large numbers of trees and other plants in forests supply the oxygen that humans and other animals so desperately need to survive. The name “lungs of the earth” is often used. During this process of oxygen production the tree will take up large amounts of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in its leaves, which through a chemical process, called […] Read more »