US Cities Are Losing 36 Million Trees a Year: What You Can Do to Help

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
If you're looking for a reason to care about tree loss, the nation's latest heat wave might be it. Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a recent study. But tree cover in U.S. cities is shrinking. A study published last year by the U.S. Forest Service found that we lost 36 million trees annually from urban and rural communities over a five-year period. That's a 1% drop from 2009 to 2014. If we continue on this path, "cities will become warmer, more polluted, and generally more unhealthy for inhabitants," said David Nowak, a senior U.S. Forest Service scientist and co-author of the study. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: CNN Health