To beat the heat, cities must enhance forests: study

To beat the heat, cities must enhance forests: study

By collecting data from satellites and sensors placed on trees, the study measured temperatures across different types of urban green spaces in 12 US cities, including New York. It found that air temperature was cooler in forests than in landscaped trees in more than 90 percent of the sites examined.

Natural Areas Protection (NAC)

Seton Falls Park is located in the Bronx. The study found that the air temperature was 79 degrees in the woods on July 21, a difference of 12 degrees from street temperatures that day.

New data suggests you should head to the trees to beat the summer heat.

A July report by the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) found that urban natural areas — which include forests, wetlands and grasslands — represent the most amazing places in cities across the country. New York City has about 20,000 acres of natural areas, or 11.6% of the city’s land cover.

“What this study shows is the real impact of green spaces on people’s comfort levels during the summer,” said Sarah Charlop Powers, executive director of the NAC.

According to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency, extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. As summer temperatures continue to climb in the face of climate change — July 2023 was the hottest month on record — the NAC study underscores why preserving and expanding our spaces is more important than ever.

“I think the importance of this report is just to highlight that nature can be part of the solution to mitigate the effects of heat,” said Clara Brigitzer, deputy director of conservation science at NAC. Green spaces also provide other benefits beyond just cooling, such as biodiversity benefits, recreation benefits, and mental health benefits, Brigitzer added.

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