There are many claims in the media that trees remove more carbon dioxide form the atmosphere than they release back into the atmosphere. By what chemical pathway can this occur? The law that matter is neither created nor destroyed surely applies as shown by the chemical pathway in the photosynthesis and respiration process.
6CO2 + 6H2O + sunlight energy. -----> C6H12O6 + 6O2 C6H12O6 + 6O2. -----> 6H2O + ATP (energy) + 6CO2
Thus the SAME amount of 6CO2 taken in is released, in order for the plant to have formation of the ATP usable energy for plant tissue creation, so photosynthesis cannot happen at a more rapid rate than respiration. If that happened, then yes, more CO2 is removed then released, but that would leave an unbalanced equation. I am not arguing the story further down the road of tree tissue and carbon sequestration/storage.