Understanding Carbon

Elena Lioubimtseva, PhD.- Associate Professor, PhD Environmental Geography, M.S. Geography. Grand Valley State University
Carbon is a very important neutral.  It’s a very important chemical.  It controls so many different processes on our planet.  We consist of carbon.  Any life form on our planet consists primarily on carbon…>>  


Economic Benefits of Trees
Trees pay us back 
-The information provided on this page is taken from the Trees Pay Us Back brochure (PDF, 280 KB), produced by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Properly cared for, Trees are valuable and growing assets worth three times the investment.
– Healthy trees mean… healthy people.(1)

One hundred trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants per year.
– Healthy trees mean … healthy communities.(2)

Tree-filled neighborhoods lower levels of domestic violence and are safer and more sociable.
– Healthy trees mean … healthy environment.(1)

One hundred mature trees catch about 139,000 gallons of rainwater per year.
– Healthy trees mean … homeowner savings.(1)

Strategically placed trees save up to 56% on annual air-conditioning costs.
Evergreens that block winter winds can save 3% on heating.
– Healthy trees mean … better business.(3)

In tree-lined commercial districts, shoppers report more frequent shopping, longer shopping trips, willingness to pay more for parking and willingness to spend 12% more for goods.
– Healthy trees mean … higher property values.(4)

Each large front yard tree adds 1% to the house sales price, and large specimen trees can add 10% to property value.
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At approximately 400 parts per million, atmospheric carbon dioxide is at a higher level than ever before in recorded history. But less than half the carbon dioxide emitted into Earth’s atmosphere by human activities stays there, while the rest is absorbed by the ocean and natural land “sinks.” Scientists hope the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 will help resolve the longstanding scientific puzzle of where this carbon is going…. Read more>>   www.nasa.gov

Jason-3 Launches to Monitor Global Sea Level Rise
Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that will continue a nearly quarter-century record of tracking global sea level rise, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday at 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

CARBON RELATED- jason 3   Jason-3 is an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with NASA, the French space agency CNES, and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.

“Jason-3 will take the pulse of our…Learn more>>      nasa.gov

Eye-Popping View of CO2, Critical Step for Carbon-Cycle Science

The 3-D visualization reveals in startling detail the complex patterns in which carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, decreases and moves around the globe over the course of September 2014 to September 2015.

<<Watch the animation