Trees Keep Us Cool
Trees can lower air temperature in city neighborhoods 10 lifesaving degrees, scientists have found.
“At a time when climate change is making heat waves more frequent and more severe, trees are stationary superheroes. Research shows that heat already kills more people in the United States than hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather-events, perhaps contributing to 12,000 deaths per year. Extreme heat this week in the Pacific Northwest and Canada has killed hundreds.
“Trees can lower air temperature in city neighborhoods 10 lifesaving degrees, scientists have found. They also reduce electricity demand for air conditioning, not only sparing money and emissions, but helping avoid potentially catastrophic power failures during heat waves.”
From What Technology Could Reduce Heat Deaths? Trees. Einhorn, The New York Times, 2021. Read the entire article here.
Dr. Vivek Shandas demonstrates the temperature difference when trees are present, joined by FOT’s Whitney Dorer: