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Trees in cities grow fast but die young, unlike rural trees: Existing trees must be preserved and cared for, advise researchers by Grace Olson

In recent years, more and more cities have adopted green initiatives to combat the effects of massive urbanization on the environment. These green initiatives employ projects such as planting more trees along streets and city parks, among others.

However, a recent study published in PLOS ONE revealed that urban trees are different from trees growing in rural areas. Even though trees grow faster in the city, they also die earlier. The researchers from Boston University pointed out that this has serious implications on present green projects.

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