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The Right Mix of Trees
http://www.esf.edu/ecenter/eis/treemix.htm

New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse

This video describes the work of scientists who are studying the precise combination of trees that would be most effective in reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the air around Syracuse, NY. This is a pilot study that will serve as a model for other urban areas.

Video length: 1:34 min.

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Teaching Tips

  • Students can use this video as an inspiration to learn more about the carbon sequestration capacity of trees in their own communities.

About the Science

  • As part of a research project, students and faculty at SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry have determined the precise combination of trees that would be most effective in reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the air around Syracuse. Team estimates that the tree combination could reduce carbon dioxide by fifty-seven-percent by the year 2046.
  • Comment from expert scientist: This is a brief summary of a scientific report that has been made reader-friendly for the general public. It nicely explains the scientific concepts in a simple, easy-to-read form.

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  • There is a short article that accompanies this video.

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