Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems

Nature World News mentions Satoshi Hirabayashi and Allison Bodine of the Davey Institute as leaders in this new study that shows trees save more than 850 human lives a year. 

By Jenna Iacurci  

Posted: July 28, 2014

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Trees are nature's answer to diminishing air pollution, as well as reducing respiratory problems for the human population, according to US Forest Service scientists and collaborators behind a new study.

Their broad-scale estimates concluded that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms - and that's just by improving air quality less than one percent.

Not to mention that trees can help save $7 billion a year in health costs by reducing respiratory illness.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, was led by Dave Nowak and Eric Greenfield of the US Forest Service's Northern Research Station (NRS) and Satoshi Hirabayashi and Allison Bodine of the Davey Institute. It is the first to directly link air pollution to improved healthy effects.

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