What Asia’s trees tell us about heat inequality

by Zafirah Mohamed Zein

Trees are humanity’s best defence against scorching temperatures. But in Asian cities, uneven tree distribution means the heat hits some harder than others.

Why are cities hot—and how do trees help?
Does Asia have enough trees to ward off the heat?
Where you live affects how much green you get
Deprived neighbourhoods need trees the most
How can Asian cities grow its neglected spaces?
Asia is burning up
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Zafirah Mohamed Zein / Writer

Zafirah Zein is a writer on the environment and human rights beat. An old soul with restless feet, she is constantly dreaming of time traveling in history or her next adventure out of the city.

Illustration & design / Munirah Mansoor
Research & data / Zenn Wong
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