Geneva to allow trees to grow in the city


The City of Geneva is changing the way it prunes the trees. The idea to allow more leaf growth and build the canopy to provide more shade.

The trees have been pruned the same way for more than a hundred years.  The new technique is expected to improve shaded areas by more than 250%. 

One of the city’s environmental advisers, Alfonso Gomez, says the climate emergency is forcing the change in approach. More leaves on the trees will help keep the city cooler during hot summers. 

It will also add to biodiversity in the city and cut noise pollution and improve air quality. 

But the change won’t be immediate. It will take between 5 to 8 years before the trees grow enough to make a difference. 

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