Things We Heart – July 2018

We’ve rounded up some of the most informative tree stuff from the web – this month is all about trees in cities. Check out this month’s highlights below:

Are urban forests equal to rainforests in carbon dioxide capture?

Urban Forest 2New research on megacities shows that urban forests – the parks, street trees, gardens, greenways and other green spaces in cities – are capable of storing almost as much carbon as tropical rainforests of similar size, making them a key part of combating climate change. Learn more about the research and the benefits of urban forests.

Urban heat islands are warming up.

The health benefits of trees in urban spaces are proven, and yet cities continue to get hotter than their surrounding suburbs – known as heat islands – due to the lack of green spaces and increases in emissions and impermeable surfaces. These hot city environments increase risk of heat-related illnesses, asthma, and even death. Read about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research on heat islands in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, areas.

Ten best U.S. cities for urban parks… yes please!

The Trust for Public Land conducts an annual survey using digital mapping technology to evaluate the accessibility of parks in U.S. cities, and ranks those cities based on a variety of criteria, including the percent of total area dedicated to green space. Did your city make the list?

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