Study finds that 500 million new trees are needed to address U.S. shade disparity

The urban renewal era leveled the American landscape, transforming city centers into morasses of treeless highways and interstates built of heat-trapping concrete. The remaining residents of urban cores, who, in many circumstances were and are minorities, are still impacted by the dearth in landscaping that drives vast disparities in summer temperatures. As the New York Times reported, neighborhoods that are predominantly poorer with more residents of color can count on temperatures reaching up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than wealthier, white quarters of the same city. Now, to counter this characteristic of the American city, the American Forests conservation organization has released their findings on the first-ever nationwide survey

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