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Thousands of city trees have been lost to development, when we need them more than ever

Erik Anderson, 2020-02-26

The Conversation

The urban heat island effect is a global concern. The article is based on research carried out in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Mapping the development of urban infrastructure and trees in this context, it was found that the number of trees being removed was higher than the number of trees being planted. The rate of tree removal was higher in areas of major development. The girth of the trees cut down was mostly around 30cm and a few larger trees of 60cm girth. There's always an added cost for tree removal, replacement and its ecological value. 

Tags: Climate change, heat island, canopy cover, tree mortality

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