Dr. Mehdi Heris was a co-author of a recently released research paper in The Lancet. The research team used Dr. Heris’ urban heat mitigation model to estimate the cooling impact of urban trees and then translated that cooling effect into public health outcomes. The authors found that over 4% of summer mortality across 94 cities in Europe is attributable to the urban heat island effect. The study shows that increasing tree cover can have a significant impact on people’s health, in addition to other benefits of trees.
Link to the article
Cooling cities through urban green infrastructure: a health impact assessment of European cities