3 BRILLIANT MINUTES: The trees of life

Portland, Oregon, planted a lot of trees. Decades later, a stunning pattern emerged -- not in the trees but in the lifespans of the people living under them.
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 5:30 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - In 1990, and for the next 30 years, Portland, Oregon, had a concerted tree-planting campaign. Decades later, an unexpected pattern emerged -- not in the trees, but for the people living under them.

Areas of the city with more trees had lower mortality rates. The bigger the trees, the better the benefits. Brad Spakowitz discusses the discovery in today’s 3 BRILLIANT MINUTES.

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