If climate change is the result of humans adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, is there a way to take some of that stuff out of the air? Yes, there is! Trees absorb CO2 from the air and store the carbon in their biomass (wood). Trees are actually part of a carbon cycle: they absorb carbon during their lifetime and then release that carbon after they die and decompose. Still, trees may be an affective strategy for soaking up carbon in the short interim.
The Air Quality Interns at Richmond High School learned about trees ability to sequester carbon, and began a project to calculate the amount of carbon absorbed by certain trees.
The interns started with a list of trees planted by the Urban Forestry Internship. Using the data from those trees, the interns began using a tool developed by US Forest Service and Cal Fire to calculate tree carbon sequestration of these trees over the next 40 years. Stay tuned for the results!