The New York Times published an article about the five things that cities can do to fight record temperatures resulting from climate change. Planting more trees tops the list. Last semester, I wrote a paper last semester on the benefits of planting more street trees in cities for my Ecology class at City College of San Francisco. Benefits include: neighborhood cooling, neighborhood beautification, pedestrian safety, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, groundwater management, carbon sequestration, and more. I interviewed Luis Gutierrez, owner of La Reyna Bakery on 24th Street in the Mission District, who successfully saved the mature ficus trees in front of his shop.
You can read my paper here!
Loving Street Trees in the Time of Climate Change