Tree Equity and Trees' Impact on Surface Temperatures, Human Health: A Research Roundup
This article from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center explores the critical relationship between urban tree canopy cover, surface temperatures, and human health. It emphasizes that the absence of trees is not just an aesthetic concern; it has profound implications for well-being. The research roundup highlights several studies that delve into this association and underscore the disparities in tree distribution, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. The article presents findings that demonstrate how urban areas with less tree cover tend to experience higher temperatures due to the urban heat island effect, which can lead to heat-related illnesses. Moreover, it discusses the importance of increasing green spaces, planting more trees, and investing in policies that promote tree equity to mitigate these disparities and improve overall public health. The studies featured in the roundup provide valuable insights into the intersection of environmental equity, health, and urban planning.