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The Nature Conservancy


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Health

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  • Interactive Media
  • Articles and Websites

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Global, North America, United States, USA - West, USA - South, USA - Northeast, South and Central America, Oceania, Africa, Asia, Europe, New York, New York City, California, Georgia, Colorado



Planting Healthy Air

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  • This interactive resource includes a number of maps, images, linked reports, and text that present findings from the Nature Conservancy about the return on investment of planting urban trees to reduce summer temperatures and filter pollution from the air, including reports specific to New York City, Atlanta, Beijing, Denver, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Shanghai.
  • A variety of maps show which neighborhoods around the world can benefit most from tree planting to remove particulate matter from the air and/or improve air quality for the residents.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive world maps are engaging and easy to manipulate. 
  • The scroll-down design of the story makes it easy for students to move through the information at their own pace. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The map indicating the projected temperatures for 2040 shows the temperatures in Celsius, so students will need to know how to convert the values to Fahrenheit. 
  • Students should be familiar with terms such as transpiration, return on investment, and mitigation. 


Scientist Notes
This resource accounts for the potential that nature has in cleaning the air and regulating the air temperatures. It examines tree planting as a cost-effective solution in mitigating impacts of pollution around neighborhoods. This is recommended for teaching.
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