What it's about:
Across the United States, cities are losing about four million trees per year.
Trees and other urban green spaces offer a range of benefits to populations of cities and towns, such as managing runoff during rainstorms, cleaning and cooling the air, beautifying neighbourhoods and improving mental health.
"The humble street tree is an ecological powerhouse," writes Robert McDonald, lead scientist for the global cities programme at the Nature Conservancy.
A new report, "Funding Trees for Health", from the Nature Conservancy and others, raises the concern that reduced budgets, drought, storms and a lack of investment is stripping cities of the advantages trees can provide.
All cities can begin exploring ways to create links between the health sector and urban forestry agencies, said McDonald. Communication and coordination between parks, forestry and public health departments can uncover new sources of funding for tree planting and maintenance.
Why it's noteworthy:
Urban trees can transform city neighbourhoods, and contribute to a wide range of public health gains.
Investing an additional $8 per person, on average, in planting and maintaining urban trees in American cities could have a significant impact, experts say.
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