Councillor wants city to increase tree canopy St. Catharines Standard - St. Catharines,Ontario,Canada
“Trees are the lungs of a city,” Elliott said. They “remove pollutants and carbon from the air, provide cooling effects, reduce energy consumption and allow rain to reach the water table.”
In the summer, downtown streets can be as much as 10 degrees hotter than the suburbs, Elliott said, as idling vehicles and sunbaked pavement cause temperatures to rise. Vehicle emissions make the hot air foul to breathe.
“What plans do we have to put in place to foster a healthy canopy in the heart of our city?” Elliott asked.