A new analysis of thousands of US communities finds that, on average, low-income urban blocks have less tree cover and are hotter than high-income blocks.
Robert McDonald of The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Virginia, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.
Mounting research links urban tree cover with human health benefits, including reduced air pollution, better cardiovascular function, and improved mental health. Tree cover can also cool urban areas, mitigating the effects of heat waves. [Read more…] about Low-income blocks in 92% of US urban communities have less tree cover and are hotter