“Trees are the answer.” The maxim was on a sticker on my PhD mentor’s office door at Arizona State University (ASU). But what was the question? Turns out, there were a lot of them.
- How to reduce extreme heat in cities? More trees can provide shading and absorb humidity, contributing to lowering the heat index.
- How to improve urban air quality? More trees that can breathe in more air pollutants.
- How to stabilize coastal areas from erosion and reduce flooding from hurricanes? Protect mangrove trees and the ecosystems that sustain them, nurture them to grow strong roots, and they will act as barriers against storm surge and even tsunamis. Read more >