Charlotte's trees remove and absorb carbon dioxide from the air.
As previously noted, people put most of the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels (automobiles, coal burning, etc.), resulting in a myriad of climate issues, including severe storms, droughts, and other natural stresses.
Tackling this issue can take two forms: mitigation and/or adaptation.
We are at the point today that both mitigation AND adaptation efforts are needed. Luckily, trees can do both.
Trees absorb and store carbon, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
Lessening the Problem (mitigation)
Adapting to the Consequences
Charlotte's trees absorb (or "sequester") 470,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere each year. This service is valued at almost $17 million annually.
In addition, over their lifetimes, Charlotte's trees will store another 11.5 million tons of CO2, a service valued at another $418 million
The map below shows the benefits trees provide in terms of carbon sequestration throughout the greater Charlotte area.
Charlotte's trees absorb (or "sequester") 470,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere each year. This is a service valued at almost $17 million annually.