Arbor Day: Tree Facts

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The following list of Arbor Day Tree Facts highlight the importance of trees in not only the rain forests of the world, but in large metropolitan cities across the planet.

  • *Global forests removed about one-third of fossil fuel emissions annually from 1990 to 2007
  • *Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, improving air quality and human health.
    • In Los Angeles trees remove nearly 2,000 tons of air pollution each year
    • In Chicago, trees remove nearly 18,000 tons of air pollution each year
  • *Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and can save 20-50% in energy used for heating
  • 1One large tree can provide a day’s worth of oxygen for up to four people
  • ²More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon rainforest.
  • 3In Fulton County, (Atlanta), Georgia, mature trees positively influence home sales prices. Homes have sold for nearly $105,000 more in neighborhoods with mature trees
  • Arbor Day is celebrated internationally, although the time may vary based on ideal planting season for the climate:
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brazil
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cambodia
    • Canada
    • Central African Republic
    • Czech Republic
    • China
    • Costa Rica
    • Egypt
    • Germany
    • India
    • Iran
    • Israel
    • Japan
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Luxembourg
    • Republic of Macedonia
    • Malawi
    • Mexico
    • Namibia
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Niger
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Sri Lanka
    • Taiwan
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda
    • United Kingdom
    • Venezuela

*Source: US Forest Service
1Source: North Carolina State University
²Source: Rain Forest Alliance
3Source: University of Georgia

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