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Urban greening can save species, cool warming cities, and make us happy

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The current climate and ecological crisis demands a radical redesign of how we live and organise our societies.

 

Yet these urgent changes, though complex, are far from impossible. By Heather Alberro, Nottingham Trent University Some of them are simple, beautiful, and beneficial to all.

 

By greening our cities with street trees, urban parks, and community and rooftop gardens, we can keep ourselves cool amid rising temperatures, reverse the steady erosion of the rich tapestry of life on Earth, and foster happiness and social connection in the process.

 

It is widely known that greenery in urban spaces helps improve city microclimates.

 

Thanks to heat generated by traffic and industrial activity, as well as the spread of heat-trapping concrete buildings that have steadily replaced plant life, urban (...)

 

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