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Australian environment minister Greg Hunt has announced plans to create green ‘urban canopies’ in order to reduce heat within city environments and improve health outcomes.

This is to be welcomed but the plans currently lack much detail.

The Australian Conservation Foundation supports the government’s push for tree cover, saying that trees are the “natural air-conditioners” of cities.

“Despite Australians’ romanticisation of the outback, we are among the most urbanised populations on a planet where more people now live in cities than anywhere else,” ACF campaign director Paul Sinclair said in a statement.

Sinclair called on Hunt to develop a national strategy for cities that includes green spaces and efficient transport.

He also said Infrastructure Australia should be updated to take into account natural areas like forests, rivers and wetlands.

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