Last week, the Campbell administration revealed would be planting four million trees in urban areas as part of a $10 million initiative to "provide opportunities for every community in BC to help sequester carbon." But the planting of those trees might not have as much impact on the province's greenhouse gas emissions as you would think. According to the government's own climate action plan, "a single large, mature tree can absorb more than 20 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year." That means, by the time the government's Trees for Tomorrow seeds growup, they'll be absorbing 80,000 tonnes of carbon annually. By comparison, according to Environment Canada, Duke Energy Corp.'s Fort Nelson Gas Plant emmitted 1,895,602 tonnes of that greenhouse gas in 2004.
August 18, 2008