Super trees and other innovative practices increase greenery and biodiversity in Singapore. (Credit: UWEBKK, Creative Commons)

In this podcast, Ray and I tackle a subject that is much more controversial than it initially appears: trees in cities. The City of Seattle recently passed legislation requiring that tree professionals working in Seattle be licensed. It’s a small move, but one that did not go unnoticed, mostly because Seattle has struggled with passing a tree protection ordinance since an interim policy was put into place in 2009.

Why has it been so difficult to replace the interim tree protection ordinance with a permanent one? Why are urban density and greenery so often presented as in opposition? We’ll discuss all of that and more in this episode. Oh, and the Singaporean super trees I reference in the episode? You can see them in the feature image for this post and read more about them and Singapore’s efforts to increase biodiversity in this article.

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