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Lunchtime Discovery: Mapping Tree Inequality

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Row of lower-income houses with little tree cover.

Why Many People Don’t Benefit from Tree Cover

Robert McDonald, Lead Scientist, Nature-Based Solutions, The Nature Conservancy

Summers in the United States are getting hotter with an increase in dangerous temperatures and deadly heatwaves due to climate change. Although trees can be one solution to reduce air temperatures in neighborhoods, the amount of tree canopy is unequally distributed in America with low-income neighborhoods generally having less tree cover. Join Rob McDonald to learn more about the extent of tree cover inequality and its effect on temperatures for thousands of communities throughout the United States.

Join us on YouTube

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ SECU Daily Planet Curator Chris Smith and the NC Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff.

You can post questions in the YouTube chat or tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE.

Brought to you by the NC DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.


September 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


NC United States


Chris Smith