Science Time! Probably . . .

I need a subject for today’s blog post, and since top of my mind is how it’s too hot to go anywhere new to write about, let’s talk about a study that I swear I read years ago.

Now, I have very detailed dreams, so I don’t know if I actually read this article or not. I remember talking to my mom about it, but that might have been a dream, too.

Basically, they planted 100 trees in a 100-square-foot (100 square meters?) space and measured the effect on the temperature in the area, and the temperature was actually cooler above the trees.

The conversation I remember having with my mom was that she remembered how nice and cool the street she used to live on was. It was lined with trees and never got hot, even in the hottest part of the summer.

Since this was Chicago, it only got above 90 (32.2 Celsius) occasionally. I don’t know how much of a dent it’d make in our 100+ (37.78 Celsius) heat this summer, but it certainly couldn’t hurt.

I have found information on a Japanese botanist named Akira Miyawaki who wanted to restore native forests to Japan and, thus, to the rest of the world. I’ll have to dig through his writing and see if maybe his work is what I’m remembering.

Gratuitous Amazon Link time! Today we have Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink. Brink was the granddaughter of the real Caddie, whose last name was actually Woodhouse. Caddie Woodlawn is the story of Caddie, a tomboy, and her adventures in what was at the time the Northwest of the United States and nowadays is the state of Wisconsin.

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