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.
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:
Tianlong (Chinese: 天龍; pinyin: tiānlóng; Wade–Giles: t'ien-lung; literally: “heavenly dragon”), celestial dragon that guards heavenly palaces and pulls divine chariots; also a name for the constellation Draco
Shenlong (Chinese: 神龍; pinyin: shénlóng; Wade–Giles: shen-lung; literally: “god dragon”), thunder god that controls the weather, appearance of a human head, dragon’s body, and drum-like stomach
Fucanglong (Chinese: 伏藏龍; pinyin: fúcánglóng; Wade–Giles: fu-ts'ang-lung; literally: “hidden treasure dragon”), underworld guardian of precious metals and jewels, associated with volcanoes
Qiulong (Chinese: 虯龍; pinyin: qíulóng; Wade–Giles: ch'iu-lung; literally: “curling dragon”), contradictorily defined as both “horned dragon” and “hornless dragon”
Zhulong (Chinese: 燭龍; pinyin: zhúlóng; Wade–Giles: chu-lung; literally: “torch dragon”) or Zhuyin (Chinese: 燭陰; pinyin: zhúyīn; Wade–Giles: chu-yin; literally: “illuminating darkness”) was a giant red draconic solar deity in Chinese mythology. It supposedly had a human’s face and snake’s body, created day and night by opening and closing its eyes, and created seasonal winds by breathing. (Note that this zhulong is different from the similarly named Vermilion Dragon or the Pig dragon).