Surround yourself with trees

Did you know that being around trees makes you healthy? There’s an interesting article in Scientific American that talks about how trees help to clear the air of pollution.

Trees can capture common pollutants and toxic gases, such as:  carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and lead. A recent study established that more than 850 human lives per year are saved by trees, thanks their ability to reduce air pollution. Air pollution can cause respiratory illnesses that can often be fatal.

A Spanish study has also shown that if children are exposed to greenery in their neigbourhood and at school, they have better attention and memory skills.

Clearly, the cutting down of trees to make way for high-rise developments or subdivisions could have serious consequences for our environment and health.

Photo credit: K. Martins.

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