Cooling power of the humble tree

Plan to plant a million trees over the next decade shines spotlight on their unique cooling abilities

Tristaniopsis merguensis (above), Hopea ferruginea and Cratoxylum cochinchinense are among native trees that will be planted in Singapore’s One Million Trees movement. The initiative comes amid a resurgence in global awareness of the role of the humble tr
Tristaniopsis merguensis (above), Hopea ferruginea and Cratoxylum cochinchinense are among native trees that will be planted in Singapore’s One Million Trees movement. The initiative comes amid a resurgence in global awareness of the role of the humble tree in combating climate change by capturing heat-trapping carbon dioxide. PHOTOS: NPARKS
Tristaniopsis merguensis, Hopea ferruginea (above) and Cratoxylum cochinchinense are among native trees that will be planted in Singapore’s One Million Trees movement. The initiative comes amid a resurgence in global awareness of the role of the humble tr
Tristaniopsis merguensis, Hopea ferruginea (above) and Cratoxylum cochinchinense are among native trees that will be planted in Singapore’s One Million Trees movement. The initiative comes amid a resurgence in global awareness of the role of the humble tree in combating climate change by capturing heat-trapping carbon dioxide. PHOTOS: NPARKS
Tristaniopsis merguensis, Hopea ferruginea and Cratoxylum cochinchinense (above) are among native trees that will be planted in Singapore’s One Million Trees movement. The initiative comes amid a resurgence in global awareness of the role of the humble tr
Tristaniopsis merguensis, Hopea ferruginea and Cratoxylum cochinchinense (above) are among native trees that will be planted in Singapore’s One Million Trees movement. The initiative comes amid a resurgence in global awareness of the role of the humble tree in combating climate change by capturing heat-trapping carbon dioxide. PHOTOS: NPARKS

Climate change and urbanisation are causing temperatures to soar higher and higher.

Singapore, however, has got a solution to cool its outdoor spaces - and it is far from the caricature of building an air-conditioned dome over the island.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2020, with the headline 'Cooling power of the humble tree'. Subscribe