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article imageNew York plans to plant one million new trees

By Lop the Rick     Apr 24, 2007 in Environment
New trees?
NEW YORK -- One million new trees will join the urban landscape of New York City by the year 2017 to reduce air pollution, cool temperatures and help improve the city's long term sustainability, officials said Saturday.
The tree program is one of 127 environmental proposals that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was set to outline Sunday in a speech at the Museum of Natural History, timed with the observance of Earth Day.
There’s a plan to charge motorists extra for driving into certain parts of Manhattan, as a way to cut down on traffic congestion and pollution.
Bloomberg has a goal of reducing New York City's carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next two decades. The population is likely to grow by another million in that time -- up from 8.2 million today -- and that the city needs a plan now to deal with the strain on infrastructure and the environment.
City officials announced the tree program, which is to begin this July.
For the next 10 years, the city will plant 23,000 trees each year along city streets, to reach a goal of having a tree in "every single place where it is possible to plant a street tree," Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff said.
The remaining trees shall be planted in parks and public lots, while the private sector will also be encouraged to plant trees on their properties as well.
The trees will help cool down temperatures, and remove air pollution and reduce ozone.
The Bloomberg administration will commit another $37.5 million every year to forest related programs, up from $11 million currently.
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