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Updated 13 February 2013

When trees die off human health will suffer

Whether it's lush palms or piney groves, the health of trees in your neighbourhood might influence your physical health, a new study suggests.

Whether it's lush palms or piney groves, the health of trees in your neighbourhood might influence your physical health, a new study suggests.

The researchers examined demographic, human death and forest health data collected from 1990 and 2007 on almost 1 300 counties spread across 15 states. In doing so, they saw a discrepancy in human health among those living in areas infested by a particular beetle, known as the emerald ash borer, which kills ash trees.

The New York State of Environmental Conservation provides more information on the emerald ash borer.

 
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