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Forests Preserve

Trees Rescue Urbanites from Dirty Air

GB_0514_ForestTreesAccording to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, inflame and damage the cells that line the lungs, make the lungs more susceptible to infection, aggravate asthma, aggravate other chronic lung diseases and cause permanent lung damage.

U.S. Forest Service researchers have discovered that the urban forests in 10 cities across the country save on average one person a year from pollution-related death. In New York City alone, that number increases to eight people per year. The scientists recommend that people everywhere plant more trees.


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