Green Streets Cut Pollution More Than Previously Thought

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A new research study by Professor Thomas Pugh at Lancaster University and other scientists in the UK has found that adding trees, bushes, innovative systems like green walls, or even ivy or other creeping vines, can cut street-level nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and microscopic particulate matter (PM), two of the worst forms of pollution, by eight times more than previously thought. Many urban streets have high levels of these types of pollution, far exceeding healthy amounts for humans.

According to Science Daily, previous research has said trees and other greenery can only improve urban air quality by around 5 percent. ASLA’s recent animation on the positive impact of urban forests on air pollution used U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Park Service-cited results, which pointed to around 10-13 percent improvement in air quality from major increases in urban greenery. 

The new study focused on better understanding the effects of adding greenery in the stagnant corridors of cities, what…

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About Kay Haw

Assistant Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust. Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life. One day (soon) I hope we humans learn to work in harmony with Mother Earth.
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3 Responses to Green Streets Cut Pollution More Than Previously Thought

  1. Finn Holding says:

    They cut pollution, look nicer AND provide cover and sustenance for all the other species of insects, birds and mammals thus creating a healthy habitat for lots more creatures.

  2. Green streets not only cut pollution, – they also look so much nicer!

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