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Research on the incidence of Asthma and the presence of street trees found the opposite results to what many people believe.

A New York study found that Asthma rates have increased by 50% from 1980 to 2000, while tree populations were decreasing. An inverse effect of what would be expected if trees were the root cause of asthma.

Further investigation found that areas with a greater density of street tree cover had a lower prevalence of early childhood asthma.