The tree population in New York City has jumped from 500,000 to 650,000, and is set to increase to 1 million in 2015 from about 500,000 trees in the 1990s. In addition to beautifying the city, the trees will provide the natural services of filtering pollution, cooling hot summer streets, and reducing rates of asthma. This is thanks in part to a nonprofit founded by actor/singer Bette Midler called Million Trees NYC. You can read about the other health benefits provided by our dendritic friends in Tony Juniper’s book, What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?
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