Magazine article American Forests

Cornell Study Links Pollution, Deaths

Magazine article American Forests

Cornell Study Links Pollution, Deaths

Article excerpt

We all know that trees are important for the environment but here's yet another reason why we need lots more: A Cornell researcher says pollution is responsible for about 40 percent of deaths worldwide.

Trees naturally clean air and water and filter particulates out of the soil. Cornell's David Pimentel blames water, air, and soil pollution and the growth in human population on the rapid increase in human diseases and malnourishment. Pimentel, professor of ecology and agricultural sciences, and a group of grad students reviewed data from more than 120 published papers for a report for the journal Human Ecology.

"We have serious environmental resource problems of water, land, and energy, and these are now coming to bear on food production, malnutrition, and the incidence of diseases," Pimentel says.

AMERICAN FORESTS launched its Global ReLeaf program in 1988 in an effort to improve the environment through tree planting. It redoubled its efforts this year with the launch of Global ReLea[f.sub.2], which seeks to plant 100 million more trees by the year 2020.

"Global warming--and the resulting environmental disasters--are no longer in dispute," executive director Deborah Gangloff says. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.