Tree Cover

Trees

Planting More Trees to Protect and Save Lives

A new study estimates that more than a third of premature deaths from excessive heat can be prevented by planting more trees in cities.

February 20, 2023 - World Economic Forum

Trees on Street

Research Shows Urban Trees Stave off Depression

A new study shows that regular exposure to trees and green spaces has a powerful impact on depression and mental health.

March 22, 2021 - The Guardian

Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Heat Islands Disproportionally Affect Low-Income Communities

A new study drives home the need for heat reduction measures in areas populated by lower-income residents.

November 19, 2020 - CityBeat

Green

Critics Say Boston Tree Removal Plan Reflects Environmental Racism

A road project in Boston involves removing hundreds of mature trees. Residents say the plan is an environmental justice issue.

August 28, 2020 - The Boston Globe

Paris Trees

The Importance of Urban Tree Canopies

Urban trees play an essential role in making cities livable and countering the effects of climate change.

November 6, 2019 - The Guardian

Trees and People

Mapping the Treetops

Treepedia is MIT's effort to collect a complete resource on the tree cover of city streets.

January 10, 2017 - CityLab

Downtown Louisville

Louisville is America's Hottest City; But That's Not Cool

Recent analysis shows that Louisville, Ky. suffers from the worst 'heat island' conditions among America's 50 largest cities. The city is also one of the few without a tree ordinance. Coincidence? Sarah Goodyear investigates.

May 8, 2013 - Next City

Tree Cover Linked with Healthier Babies

A study of tree cover and pregnant women suggests that women living in areas with more trees are less likely to give birth to undersized babies.

January 11, 2011 - The Oregonian

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