U.S. cities are shedding 36m trees every year

May 30, 2018, 8:16 AM EDT
(Source: Jörg Schubert/flickr)
(Source: Jörg Schubert/flickr)

A study by the Forest Service reveals an alarming rate at which concrete jungles are taking over the green cover in the U.S. cities, a trend that may have serious environmental, social and economic ramifications.

According to the report, urban areas in the U.S. are losing 36 million trees annually with about 175,000 acres of green cover turning into imperious expanses such as roads and buildings, notes The Guardian.

Twenty-three states saw a significant shrink in tree cover between 2009 and 2014, with the total loss of green cover hitting 1% nationally during the same period, reports Tree Hugger.