New Report Analyzes Impacts of Green Spaces on Urban Communities

A new report released by the David Suzuki Foundation documents the impact urban green spaces can have on human health and well-being. Published in collaboration with the EcoHealth Ontario Research Working Group, the report analyzed more than a hundred recent scientific studies and examined the relationships between ecological benefits and the size, quality and density of green spaces. They conclude, it should come to no surprise, that these spaces provide cooler, cleaner air for those living among them and that low-income inner-city neighborhood are generally more vulnerable to heat- and air-pollution-related health effects due to less green space. The report also points to evidence that suggests that connected smaller green spaces can have greater cooling effects to adjacent areas than large, open ones. For more details, read this short article or download the full report.

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