Following the Bureau of Meteorology’s declaration that 2018 was Australia’s third-hottest year on record, Planet Ark is calling for increased planting, especially in urban areas, to prevent heat islands and their associated impacts.
It is now well-established that trees act as 'carbon sinks' in sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. However, this is not the only positive environmental benefit of trees as they also help lower ambient temperatures in their area. Research shows that increasing tree canopies by only 5% could lower temperatures by over two degrees.
In 2019, Planet Ark will be working with a number of other organisations to increase awareness of the importance of tree planting and its positive impact on climate change.