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    Planting Healthy Air: How Trees Can Make Cities More Livable
    Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017. 12:00 pm (MDT)
    Speaker: Rob McDonald, Lead Scientist for the Global Cities Program, The Nature Conservancy
    Rob McDonald, The Nature Conservancy

    In this presentation, I will review the results of a global study that reviews the literature on vegetation and human health, and then maps the potential for trees to help more than 200 major cities globally. Urban vegetation already plays a small but important role in reducing particulate matter concentrations and ambient air temperatures, but the majority of cities globally are losing vegetative cover over time, so the ability of nature to ensure healthy air is declining over time precisely when billions more people are moving to cities. Looking at city-level averages, however, obscures the power of nature. Nature will not be the solution for air pollution or climate change, but it can serve as a secondary screen to protect vulnerable populations, with measurable health benefits. We document how targeted tree planting can be a cost-effective strategy for ensuring public health in particular locations, and discuss the characteristics of ideal locations for tree planting. We estimate that for the global cities we studied, trees and other vegetation could provide meaningful health benefits to millions of people.


    Sponsored by: USU Forestry Extension, Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands.

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    - Society of American Foresters

    - International Society of Arboriculture

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