OPINION: Trees are vitally important in our cities, writes Martin Bush

"It is important that people are aware of the importance of trees in our cities. Trees help improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and reducing levels of air pollution. In addition, several studies show that the microclimate created by trees are capable of lowering local air temperatures by as much as 8⁰C.


The restoration of forests is one of the most effective strategies for reducing the impacts of climate change. A scientific study published in Science in July last year showed that across the globe there was room for almost a trillion extra trees and that restoring and extending forests would sequester and store a substantial amount of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that causes global heating."


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