Here’s more reason to green our cities

By Jenny Seifert

Urban plants offer city dwellers many benefits, such as improved health and decreased crime and pollution. And now we have even more reason to green our cities.

A new study from the Water Sustainability and Climate project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that adding more greenery to the urban landscape could help urban vegetation cope better with the summer heat and a warming climate. In other words, the more plants in a city, the merrier they all are.


Urban parks, like the UW Arboretum in Madison, help mitigate the heightened water demand plants experience due to the urban heat island. Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison

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