Meet the 3 trees that can save us from climate catastrophe:
The Brazil Nut Tree, the Indonesian Rhizophora Mangrove and the African Teak Tree. So what makes them so special?
- The Brazil Nuts’ superpower: its crazy ability to produce rain. One of the tallest trees in the Amazon rainforest (measuring up to 14 stories) can pump more than 260 gallons (3.5 bathrubs) of water per day up its trunk, making it responsible for up to half of the entire rainforests’ rainfall, which in turn regulates climates and rainfall worldwide!
- The Indonesian Rhizophora Mangrove superpower: keeping carbon underground. The mangroves absorb carbon from the atmosphere, then use it to grow its trunk, leaves and stems. When these fall into the water they are sealed off from the air, remaining trapped for millennia. This wonderful carbon storage means that an acre of mangroves can store 5 to 10 times as much carbon as an acre of rainforest.
- Afrormosia Congo’s Teak Tree superpower: the Forest’s caretaker. Known as the Queen of the Forest, the African Teak tree is unique in providing the forest’s residents with: seeds for monkeys, birds and insects, flowers for butterflies, shade for smaller trees, its deep nitrogen-fixing roots suck nutrients up into the soil while its strong and fire-resistant bark means it survives during man-made fires, providing a constant safe-haven for the forest’s inhabitants.
Protecting nature is vital for our survival, however protecting and helping these 3 supertrees thrive can help us mitigate the crisis we are currently undergoing.
Source: Vox article: Super Trees
Brazil Nut Tree, Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Afrormosia: African Teak Tree, mainly found in Congo
Indonesian Rhizophora Mangrove