Over 3 million people die annually from air pollution. Planting trees can help lower that number.Trees help improve public health by cleaning and cooling the air around them.
As the threat of climate change steadily increases, planting trees is a fairly simple way city leaders can help stem the negative consequences of rising temperatures and increasing population density.
Breathing in air pollution can cause asthma, along with heart attacks and strokes. It’s estimated that around 3.2 million people die from pollution each year.
In fact, as a fascinating new report from the Nature Conservancy details, a well-targeted tree campaign could be of the smartest investments a hot, polluted city can make.
Which seems important, given that the world’s cities will add about 2 billion people this century, and they’re only getting hotter.