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tree health and human health

Posted by plantknitter 8 (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 8, 13 at 0:36

Interesting article on emerald ash borer killing trees and an increase in human illness:

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2013/01/tree-and-human-health-may-be-linked

trees are oxygen providers afterall....


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can't do a link in an original post for some reason.........
here is the link

Here is a link that might be useful: tree health and human health link


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Most interesting to me was "...it did not prove a causal link. The reason for the association is yet to be determined."

In urban areas, trees and branches (usually older, rotting trees) fall on people. This could be as significant a health issue as the above article topic.

I specifically avoid a tree at SE 48th and Raymond. But people park their cars under it all the time.


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 13:10

Sporadic accidents befalling small numbers of individuals do not negate general daily health benefits to everyone.

Speaking of cars, people die in those all the time, without trees being involved.


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..but the cause and effect is much easier to prove. And the numbers are probably not small; in the past 12 months, 3 major stories of trees causing injury in Portland alone, and not weather-related.

Parking under huge, rotting trees is more avoidable than is driving on the open road.


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...and I suspect that if one did enough studies, human health improvements could be found in cities that have conducted Ailanthus tree removal campaigns.


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