Air Quality Benefits of Trees

Trees work in many different ways to improve the quality of the air. Removal of air pollutants and reduction of ozone formation are just a few of the ways that trees enhance atmospheric conditions. To find out more ways trees help boost air quality, explore the resources below. 

Academic Articles:

  • The Effects of Urban Trees on Air Quality
    • In addition to removing pollutants, city trees create microclimates that help to shade and cool many concrete and metal urban structures. Lowering the temperature of an urban ‘heat island’ through trees can lead to more energy efficiency.
  • Carbon Storage and Sequestration by Urban Trees in the USA
    • Size matters: Fast growing, large trees in the open canopy of the urban forest sequester and store more carbon on average than their densely concentrated rural relatives.

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