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How Trees Can Help Fight Climate Change and Protect the Environment

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In recent years, Canada joined other countries around the world in prioritizing tree planting and care in urban areas. The goal is that by introducing more green space, it’ll be possible to alleviate the increasingly dangerous impacts of climate change. Here’s a look at some of the essential ways trees can help protect the environment.

  1. They slow heat absorption

Did you know that asphalt and concrete structures absorb and re-emit more of the sun’s heat than natural landscapes? Leafy tree canopies can help minimize this heat island effect in urban areas by shading these surfaces and deflecting UV rays. Moreover, trees release water vapours into the air through transpiration, effectively cooling the surrounding environment.

  1. They provide shade

Planting large trees on the south- and west-facing sides of buildings can help shelter air conditioning units and large windows during the hottest parts of the day, drastically reducing summer cooling costs. Evergreen trees can also help block out cold winds, keeping buildings warmer in winter.

  1. They reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere through photosynthesis. A single mature tree can absorb about 25 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year. Trees also help improve air quality by trapping air pollution, like nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and ozone, in their leaves, needles and bark.

  1. They prevent climate disasters

Trees can help reduce the frequency and intensity of floods. Their root systems help absorb runoff from storms and prevent soil erosion. Additionally, when rain droplets land on a tree’s leaves, they evaporate into the air instead of pooling on the ground.

  1. They improve biodiversity

Growing and protecting trees in urban areas ensures wildlife, like birds and pollinators, have the habitats they need to thrive, helping preserve biodiversity. The more biodiverse an area is, the healthier its ecosystem is considered to be.

If you’re ready to add more trees to your property, ArborCare® offers comprehensive tree planting services. Our arborists will work with you to discuss your needs and provide reliable solutions. We have the expertise to plant trees at the right time and in the right places based on your zone.

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Do you want to help protect the environment by planting new trees or ensuring that mature trees already in your yard continue to thrive? ArborCare has your back. Our arborists provide various plant management and tree maintenance services for residential and commercial customers in Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna and Winnipeg. Contact us today for more information.

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