Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PLANTING TREES AT COAL MINES

Read the following article:
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/heres-plan-plant-trees-mine-coal



Answer the following question.  Your response should be thoughtful and well-written.  It should not be the same as one of your classmates.  It should be at least 5 sentences.

Do you think  planting millions of trees on mine sites to offset coal’s carbon pollution and at the same time continue mining is a good or bad idea? Why? Explain your position.

11 comments:

  1. At first, it seems planting millions of trees on mine sites to offset coal’s carbon pollution and at the same time continue mining is a good idea. However it is hard to plant trees successfully in the polluted soil of coal mines. In addition, new forests would only offset a percentage of the emissions caused by mining. But on the other hand, it is better to offset some of the pollution rather than none at all. But the man offering to create these 'package' coal mines seems to be more interested in the economic advantages such as tax exemption and leeway from the government.

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  2. The idea of planting trees where they are most needed (coal mines) seems noble, however successfully planting them is a challenge. The soil all around the mines is polluted and harms the trees. Also new forests will only help a portion of the emissons produced from the mines. I believe that even though it won't solve all the problems it is still worth it to create new forests. I still believe that other ways still need to be found.

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  3. No, i do not think that planting million of trees on site of coaling mines takes away from the pollution. It in fact i think it could harm the trees. Adding trees into the equation shouldn't lessen the harmful impact that mining will have on the environment, if the goal is to lessen the impact, then minimize mining. Planting trees on to mine sites would be like adding lowfat cheese onto a pepperoni pizza, more or less. It won't change the outcome as greatly as it seems.

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  4. I think the idea was a good idea but, their is a problem with the idea the coal mine will kill the trees. Planting a forest on top of a coal mine is stupid especially with all the pollution in the ground. Wasting seeds and plants would be even stupider.

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  5. I think it is a better idea to plant trees than doing nothing at all. At least that is making some effort to reduce carbon pollution. Even though there are problems such as the soil is not good for growing trees we can attempt to make a bad situation a little better. It is similar to eating a bag of chips and cake every day but saying you are a healthy eater because in addition to the junk food, you are also eating healthy foods. If mining has to exist then the planting of the trees is better than nothing. I am not sure that mining should exist if it causes carbon pollution, I am wondering what the other options could be?

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  6. Planting trees is always a good idea. Mining coal and using it as fuel in power plants is a bad idea. The plan to plant trees and continue to mine the coal will only increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, even with the trees removing carbon from the air. It would be a better idea to just plant the trees and make the site a new park or protected woodland. They can always plant the trees with money from other coal mines or power plants that would offset the carbon footprint for those places that invest in the reforestation project. This way one more source of coal is gone and the trees still get planted to take more carbon dioxide out of the air.

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  7. Planting trees near on on top of a coal mine is a good idea, yes it will only take out part of the emissions and it may harm the trees, but I believe that having dome of the emissions taken out of the atmosphere is a good idea. There should not even be that many coal mines in the first place but wherever there is one there should be trees on it or right around it.

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  8. In my opinion planting trees in the coal mines is a viable option. The reason I think so is that by planting these trees it will reduce the carbon emissions that the coal mines give off and therefore be more friendly toward the atmosphere. Furthermore, the mining of coal with still continue, which is a valuable resource for goods made in America. Even if it might be hard to plant them because of the polluted soil that surround these areas, the economic and reduction of emissions outweighs the negatives. Finally, some of the oldest tree are full of carbon so one would think this trees would last.

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  9. I think that planting trees at coal mines is a great idea. This is because the trees will help take carbon emission out of the atmosphere. Also this helps off set the negative effects of coal mines and keep our environment cleaner. Although the trees themselves might not be as healthy it will still be better than having nothing their at all.

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  10. I dont think that planting trees at mine sites would end up being enviromentally benificial. It could have the potential to reduce carbon pollution but the soil and air surrounding mines are polluted. If the money and resources are easily accesable it would not be a complete waste but overall I think it is not worth it because of the probable minimal success rate.

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  11. Planting trees at a coal mine is a great step to take in order to reduce carbon pollution. Many might say that i will not help i truly believe it. If everyone start planting tree then the world will become a cleaner place with less carbon
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