ReForestation In The UK
After centuries, perhaps thousands of years of taking from the forests of the UK, recently authorities have turned to reforesting areas of the UK, why so?
One of the biggest topical issues of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries has been climate change, formerly known as global warming. Why the change? Well, it was found that the Earth was not solely getting warmer..although increased global temperatures were one of the bigger symptoms of climate change. However, despite rising sea temperatures, extreme heat, and overall higher global temperatures, some areas were actually having extreme cold snaps too. Thus the term climate change has become the accepted term instead of global warming.
You may wonder: What do trees have to do with this? One source claims that a medium sized tree will sequester around one tonne of carbon dioxide by the time that it reaches 40 years of age! So, multiply that by thousands of trees, and you can see how Carbon Dioxide, one of the biggest drivers of climate change can be partially neutered by the planting of trees.
In addition to atmospheric gases, trees also lower the ambient temperature of an area, or city, such as London. The shade, colour of the canopy, and absorption of light, means that a tree canopy can reduce many of the main drivers of temperature extremes..both high and low.