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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Jenny Rothberg, Oct. 17, 2011

Trees Cool the Climate…Isn’t That Cool?

Researchers from Carnegie’s Global Ecology department found that evaporation of water from trees not only cools things locally, but also globally, as well. The cycle produces clouds that reflect sunlight, meaning less energy (heat) makes landfall. The net result? Cooling.


Jenny Rothberg
Comments (3)
  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Oct. 17, 2011
    I recently read an article about designing buildings to absorb CO2. Maybe the idea came from trees.
  • Steve Durgan Steve Durgan Oct. 17, 2011
    A great analogy from the comments section of the article: “trees are gigantic water pumps”…literally pumping water from the ground into the atmosphere.
  • Courtney K-USA Courtney K-USA Feb. 12, 2012
    That is really interesting…I actually never knew that! :)

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Jenny Rothberg

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