But that number is far less than two decades ago.That's according to a new study from the University of California, which says the amount of tree cover in LA County has declined rapidly since 2000. Americans' growing preference for large single-family houses, along with the increase in driveways and swimming pools that come with home expansion, is the largest driver of tree cover loss in the US, according to the study. "These ecologically beneficial consequences occurred organically — not as the result of conscious environmental policy, but rather as an outgrowth of the cultural aesthetic and economics of the times," the researchers write. Today, nearly a decade after the 2008 housing bust, property development is as ambitious as ever. In Los Angeles, the average new home spans 2,687 square feet, and nearly one-third measuring over 3,000 square feet, according to the 2016 US Census Bureau annual survey.
Do you think the increase in "McMansions" has an impact on the greenhouse gases and climate change? Why are people creating these larger homes, rather than having homes that satisfy adequate living conditions?