Trees have provided us with the essentials, food, and oxygen, since the beginning of time. As we evolved, trees provided additional necessities such as shelter, medicine, tools, and building materials. Today, their value and contribution continue to increase as we discover even more benefits from it. Read below to discover a couple of largely unheard-of benefits.
Tree ACs The most obvious way trees cool the air is by shading. Reducing the amount of sunlight striking buildings and pavement reduces the amount of energy that is absorbed and re-radiated into the air. Trees also cool the air by a process known as ‘transpiration cooling‘. As trees release water into the atmosphere from their leaves via transpiration, the surrounding air is cooled as water goes from liquid to vapor.
Neighborhoods and homes that are void of trees have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees help reduce the level of fear. There is a strong relationship between higher levels of tree canopy and lower levels of crime, regardless of socioeconomic factors. For example, in New Haven, Connecticut a 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a 14% decrease in property crimes and a 15% decrease in violent crime.