U.S. cities and suburbs are losing 36 million trees each year, study finds

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Ron Meador Most everyone is aware, I guess, that we’re still cutting down trees to pave and build stuff all over the United States. But a new research project, using a sophisticated approach to Google Earth images, shows just how large and widespread the losses are – and with impressive precision.In the five-year period between 2009 and 2014, American cities and suburbs lost approximately 175,000 wooded acres per year. That’s about 36 million trees annually, and an overall decline in the wooded portion of these metropolitan landscapes from 42.9 percent to 42.2 percent – which may seem small until you begin to consider, and price, the consequences.Trees bring quite a wide array of benefits – environmental, medical, spiritual – to...

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U.S. cities and suburbs are losing 36 million trees each year, study finds

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