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Trees Moderate Urban Wind Speeds & Keep Pedestrians Comfortable

The ECOreport reposts a Vancouver study that shows trees moderate urban wind speeds & keep pedestrians comfortable

Originally Published on UBC News

Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new University of British Columbia study that also found losing a single tree can increase wind pressure on nearby buildings and drive up heating costs.

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Will Vancouver’s new Bylaw protect its forest canopy?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has often been said that the earth’s lungs are its’ trees. In 2011, Vancouver adopted an urban forest strategy. This seemed like a perfect fit with Vancouver’s aspirations to become the world’s greenest city. All they would have to do is plant 150,000 new trees by 2020, or at least so it seemed. The problem was that almost 2/3 of the trees are on private property! Over the last two decades 23,490 healthy trees have been removed from residential lots. Five were removed every day in 2013. The city’s forest canopy was shrinking. Last April the city changed the rules so that no trees can be removed from private land without authorization. Will Vancouver’s new Bylaw protect its forest canopy?
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