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Scramble for shade: Why cities aren’t planting more trees

Scientists are urging cities to expand tree cover to keep cities cool, but planting trees isn’t always practical.

They cool streets, slash air pollution and improve urban residents’ mental health, but European cities are still struggling to plant more trees.

  • Aitor Hernández-Morales
  • Politico

As climate change causes temperatures to climb in cities across the bloc, local leaders are under growing pressure to find ways to keep urban landscapes cool.

And leading climate scientists say trees are part of the solution.

Creating urban forests and increasing tree cover along city streets would help to “mitigate climate change directly through storing carbon, and indirectly by creating a…

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