When the emerald ash borer began ravaging thousands of trees in the American Midwest, as Lindsay Abrams noted in The Atlantic last year, rates of human death from cardiovascular and respiratory illness increased. One studymonitored disease rates in 15 states from 1990 to 2007, where the borer was associated with 6,113 human deaths from illness of the respiratory system and 15,080 deaths from heart disease.
The health benefits of trees:
See also - RECA, public enemy no. 1, says the Heritage Tree Ordinance (as well as other ordinances) needs to go: