26 Jul '11, 6pm

Why a splash of green in a concrete wilderness might be good for our mental and physical health but a planning headache

Why a splash of green in a concrete wilderness might be good for our mental and physical health but a planning headache

Scientific evidence supports our inner knowing that time in nature improves our mental and emotional health. But green sanctuaries provide even more than peace of mind; they are also essential to our physical health. They help us to bear the heat and breathe easier and inspire us to get out and move our bodies. But again, not all neighbourhoods are created with a fair share of health-enhancing verdure. In line with our own comparative study of urban neighbourhoods, climate change research is showing that poorer communities tend to be located at the urban core, with little vegetation and an abundance of heat-radiating surfaces. Higher-income neighbourhoods, on the other hand, are often surrounded by cooling vegetation. This phenomenon may be contributing to a relationship between lower socioeconomic status and heat-related illness and death

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