Thursday, April 12, 2012


From today's Times, an 
Op-Ed on the "near miracle" of trees: 

"We have underestimated the importance of trees. They are not merely pleasant sources of shade but a potentially major answer to some of our most pressing environmental problems. We take them for granted, but they are a near miracle. In a bit of natural alchemy called photosynthesis, for example, trees turn one of the seemingly most insubstantial things of all - sunlight - into food for insects, wildlife and people, and use it to create shade, beauty and wood for fuel, furniture and homes."

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