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Planting trees can reduce greenhouse gas

15 June 2012, 13:21

 Abuja - Dr Bukhar Hassan, director of the Drought and Desertification Amelioration Department at the Federal Ministry of Environment, has said that trees help reduce greenhouse gas that cause global warming.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) is a gas in the atmosphere that absorbs and emits radiation within the thermal infrared range, which is solely responsible for global warming or the so-called green house effect.

Hassan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that planting more trees mean cooler temperature, cleaner air, replenished ground water supplies and a safer, beautiful environment.

Hassan said that it involved planting seedlings over an area of land, where the forest had been harvested or damaged by fire or disease or insects.

He said that planting trees was carried out in many different parts of the world, but that strategies might differ widely across nations and regions and among individual reforestation companies.

"Planting trees is grounded in forest science, and if performed properly can result in the successful regeneration of a deforested area.

"Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade. These are two excellent reasons if they are being cared for," he said

He told NAN that we like trees around us because they make life more pleasant, adding, "most of us respond to the presence of trees beyond simply observing their beauty.

"We feel serene, peaceful, restful, and tranquil in a grove of trees.

"We are at home there. Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their hospital room offered a view of trees," he said.

Hassan explained that the strong ties between people and trees were most evident in the resistance of community residents in removing trees to widen streets.

He also noted the heroic efforts of individuals and organisations to save particularly large or historic trees in a community.

He said that by planting trees and shrubs, we would return to a more natural, less artificial environment. Birds and other wildlife are attracted to the area.


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