In response to Mike Norman’s May 30 column, I offer the following:
Any talk of climate change inevitably includes phrases like “greenhouse gases” and “power plant emissions.”
The denuding of our planet is another major contributing factor, but that gets little attention.
The sun heats the earth where nothing shades the earth.
The heat radiates into the air, with the cycle repeated each day.
Where the sun is blocked by the shade of trees, the intensity of the heat is lessened.
We know about rainforest depletion, but we mourn the lost animal habitats more than the fact that now the sun can heat places it was never intended to reach.
In North America, we have done the same thing to our natural forests, in favor of more agricultural land and development.
Concentrated construction in north Texas and elsewhere means existing trees often have to go, and new trees are shoe-horned into parking islands and the like, where their benefit is decades away.
The city of Fort Worth established an ordinance with the goal of having 30 percent of our city under a tree canopy.
Developers hate it because it is more costly, but we all benefit.
The simple act of planting and nurturing a shade tree is something many of us can do.
— Daniel J. Haase, Fort Worth