How a Massive Tree-Planting Campaign Eased Stifling Summer Heat in New York City
I would do just about anything for a little stifling summer heat right now, but surely I’ll be thankful for this tree-planting campaign come July! Via Discovermagazine
In 2007, New York City launched MillionTrees NYC, a program designed to plant 1 million new trees along streets, in parks and on private and public properties by 2017. They hit their goal two years ahead of time.
These programs are popular for a reason: Not only do trees improve the city’s appearance, but they also mitigate the urban heat island effect – the tendency for dense cities to be hotter than surrounding areas. Studies have shown that trees reduce pollutants in the air, and even the mere sight of trees and the availability of green spaces in cities can decrease stress.
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