Watch this simple video on YouTube which explains the carbon cycle.
Credit: Doctor David Faulkes
Plants have a very important role to play in keeping the planet at a stable temperature. They moderate the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, locking away carbon in their structure.
As the video explained, when we burn something that contains carbon, we add oxygen to it to create carbon dioxide. Wood contains carbon because it was once a living tree. So, each time you burn a log, you are combining the carbon in that log with oxygen to produce…. Carbon Dioxide.
In recent years the problem of global warming and the changes to the climate caused by this have been made worse by deforestation. Not only are we losing the lungs of the world through deliberate felling but forest fires release tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.