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The roots of sustainability: 5 reasons why cities need trees

The city of Toronto, Canada is maintaining a minimum urban tree cover. Image: Wikicommons

Shefali Rai

Project Specialist, C4IR India

Abhilash Verma

Team Leader (PMC), Shillong Smart City

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Optimal tree cover might reduce the heat-island effect in cities. Image: Heat Island Group
Many cities are starting to prioritize urban tree cover. Image: Urban Environment & Social Inclusion Index

% gap in tree canopy as seen for San Francisco. The US is experiencing a net loss of nearly 36 million trees per annum, approximately 70,000 hectares of tree cover. Image: American Forests.

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