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  1. #1 Hungry Trees 
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    Are there any forms of plantlife , trees etc out there that are HUNGRY for carbon dioxide; surley some species must intake more CO2 than others ???


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    Yes it does vary, but remember every ton of CO2 they produce as they grow, they give back when they rot or burn, the exception is when man intervenes and makes wood products, the carbon is then only put back on bonfire night!


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    Actually, there are carbon negative plants.
    I was just listening to a recent broadcast on NPR talking about it.
    There wasn't any specific plant involved, the point was a diverse habitat. A variety of plants.
    The plants were used for biofuel and they took more CO2 out of the air than they put back in the air when they were eventually converted to fuel and burned.

    How?

    Roots.
    The roots stay in the soil.
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    So isnt it about time that we thought about through cross-breeding / genetic modification creating super CO2 guzzling trees and plant thousands of acres of them to help with the CO2 problem. Then cut them down before they rot and release their CO2 back into the atmosphere ?
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    Not to state the obvious, but larger plants are naturally going to require more than smaller or younger ones. Likewise would be trees in an urban setting, if their CO2 is polluted, they're going to want more than what they were given.
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    genetic modification and cross breeding is not necessary. It just facilitates the problem: us.
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    the production of oxygen is what occurs in the leaf of the plant. the larger and thicker this is the more oxygen. rubber tree plants are a good example and produce massive amounts compared to some plant life with small, thin or no leafs. available water is also important since the interaction of water and solar energy is what produces the oxygen. water lilies in sunny locations may max out the potential production.

    the decay of a plant does produce co2 and feeds other plant life where ever. few plants however create more co2 in decay, than oxygen in life.

    not allowing paper mills and/or lumber companies to utilize dead underbrush is far more harmful than modifying plant life is good. the intended equalization could be over done...
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