Robert Hart of Forbes reports on a new study that links tree cover to decreased heat-related deaths.
- Cities get far hotter in the summer than the rural areas surrounding them because they do not have as much green space and roads and buildings absorb heat, a phenomenon known as urban heat island effect.
- Planting more trees in urban areas could save thousands of lives each year by lowering temperatures in cities, according to the study.
- Other research has shown that increased tree cover in cities also improves mental health and decreases violent crimes.
- Planting more trees is one way that we can reduce emissions and adapt to a warming planet.
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