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Do Fewer Trees Mean More Death?

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When a forest service researcher realized that the loss of 100 million trees infested by the emerald ash borer could present a unique opportunity to learn more about the value of trees, he probably didn’t expect to find such dramatic effects of treeless streets.

But in the neighborhoods hit by the beetle that kills ash trees, researchers noticed a stark rise in human mortality from cardiovascular and lower respiratory disease: there were 15,000 more deaths from cardiovascular disease, or 16.7 additional deaths per year per 100,000 adults, and 6,000 more deaths from lower respiratory disease than in unaffected areas, or 6.8 additional deaths per year per 100,000 adults.

http://news.discovery.com/earth/plants/do-fewer-trees-mean-more-death-130118.htm

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It just shows how much we need to protect our environment.

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This is an example of what is called ecosystem services and it amounts to billions of pounds worth of benefits we recieve each year.

Unfortunately most people are blissfully unaware of how much we depend on the Environment for our general health and wellbeing.

Br Cornelius

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