Doctors say planting more trees will cut urban heatwave deaths   

Trees are essential for mitigating heatwaves, which kill more Australians than any other disaster, say Doctors for the Environment Australia
Dr Cybele Day. Photo: WWF-Aus / think Mammoth.

Doctors have sounded the alarm over a lack of canopy cover in cities, saying trees are an essential measure to save lives during heatwaves. 

According to Doctors for the Environment (DEA) it’s because of the humble tree’s crucial role in cooling air temperatures through both shade and transpiration.