lung

The biodiversity and area of vegetative cover is fundamental to life here on Earth. Apart from phytoplankton in the Oceans, trees are essentially the lungs of Mother Earth; taking in carbon dioxide and converting it into oxygen (and glucose and water).

As this image speaks quite loudly, I think few words are needed. However, I will leave you with ‘Three Tree Facts’ demonstrating just how vital a role trees play in the regulation of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

1. A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 22.7 kg/year (48 lbs) and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.

2. One acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 41,483km (26,000 miles). That same acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year.

3. A 100-ft tree, 18" diameter at its base, produces 2721.5kg (6000lbs) of oxygen.

So, be conscious of the burden you put on ecosystems; reduce, reuse, and recycle- and remember to save every tree as if it’s the last.

-Jean

Types of Chinese Dragon

Chinese literature and myths refer to many dragons besides the famous long. The linguist Michael Carr analyzed over 100 ancient dragon names attested in Chinese classic texts. Many such Chinese names derive from the suffix -long:

Fewer Chinese dragon names derive from the prefix long-:

Some additional Chinese dragons are not named with long 龍, for instance,

Chinese scholars have classified dragons in diverse systems. For instance, Emperor Huizong of the Song dynasty canonized five colored dragons as “kings”.

  • The Azure Dragon [Qinglong 青龍] spirits, most compassionate kings.
  • The Vermillion Dragon [Zhulong 朱龍] spirits, kings that bestow blessings on lakes.
  • The Yellow Dragon [Huanglong 黃龍] spirits, kings that favorably hear all petitions.
  • The White Dragon [Bailong 白龍] spirits, virtuous and pure kings.
  • The Black Dragon [Xuanlong 玄龍] spirits, kings dwelling in the depths of the mystic waters.