Published: 21st Nov 2019

Living near to green spaces can prevent premature death in city dwellers, according to a major new study. The analysis, conducted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and published in The Lancet Planetary Health, included nine studies involving seven countries and a total of over eight million people. Researchers say it provides strong evidence on the impact of increasing green areas on mortality. Many studies suggests that green spaces in cities have a positive health effect, including less stress, improved mental health, and lower risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and premature death, among others. However, many of these studies look at only one specific point in time and use different ways to measure exposure to greenness. The research team decided to summarise the available evidence and focus on studies that were longitudinal studies that follow the same cohort of individuals during several years. They used a simple measure … (To read the full article, subscribe below)