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Help AccuWeather name the tree it planted in honor of Earth Day 2019 and Arbor Day

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
April 23, 2019, 9:31:10 AM EDT

A team of AccuWeather employees decided to do its part to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, which begin and end this final full week of April, by doing some landscaping outside the company’s State College, Pennsylvania, headquarters.

The group planted a Dwarf Alberta Spruce in front of the building and is excited to monitor its progress over time. However, the work is not yet done.

The team of employees came up with a list of nicknames for the tree, but is conflicted on which one should win. So we thought we’d turn it over to you, the readers, to help pick the best name for the tree. Spruce Springsteen, Alberta Clipper, Forrest Stump, Treeyoncé, and Albus Dumbledwarf. It's your call -- be sure to vote.

Most of the names are pop-culture inspired, but one -- Alberta Clipper -- is weather-inspired. An Alberta Clipper is a storm system during the winter months that plunges down into the U.S. from or near the Canadian province of Alberta. The term "clipper" originates from the clipper sailing ships, which were known for being fast-moving vessels. Thus, an Alberta Clipper is a quick-moving winter storm system that often unloads small amounts of snow.

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While other ideas were bandied about on how to participate in these two annual events, the team decided to plant the tree because of how essential trees are to maintaining a healthy environment.

Trees service the environment in many ways, including helping to maintain Earth's carbon balance. According to the Earth Day Network, "trees also help maintain nutrient-rich soil for other plants to grow, provide shelter and habitat for animals, and contribute significantly to the global water cycle."

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A recent article by Mashable shows how carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have skyrocketed since the inaugural Earth Day in 1970. Earth's carbon dioxide levels were around 325 parts per million (ppm) nearly 50 years ago. Today, the number is around 412 ppm, which is almost 90 ppm higher, a change researchers call unparalleled in at least 800,000 years, according to Mashable.

Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can be a detriment to trees. The Earth Day Network states that growing carbon levels are threatening the ability of trees to convert the carbon into oxygen, subsequently weakening their health.

Earth Day began as a way to protest more than 150 years of industrial development and the negative impacts that unfolded. The Earth Day Network believes more than 1 billion people take part in Earth Day each year across 192 countries.

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