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Mat McDermott runs down the benefits of urban foliage:

After looking at trees in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Syracuse, [scientists at the Davey Institute and the U.S. Forest Service] found the annual removal of fine particulate matter varied from 4.7 metric tons in Syracuse to 64.5 metric tons in Atlanta. This correlates to one person’s life per 365,000 people saved each year in Atlanta, to one life saved for every 1.35 million people in San Francisco. Fine particulate air pollution can cause (in addition to premature death): Inflammation of the lungs, accelerate hardening of the arteries, and altered heart function.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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