Canadian Study Finds Residential Greenness Proximity Reduces Risk of Death

A new study published this month in the Lancet Planetary Health, Urban greenness and mortality in Canada's largest cities: a national cohort study, examined a cohort of nearly 1.3 million urban Canadians and the amount of green space within 250 meters of participants' residents. A number of studies have pointed to the association of green space and "cognitive, physiological, and social benefits" but less often studied is the direct association of greenness with mortality risk.

As our global population becomes increasingly urban (and increasingly resource disparate), more work at this level will be essential for planetary health-sensitive policies and planning.