On a rooftop in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, two students are collecting soil samples from boxes planted with species from two native plant communities:
We know that the planet is warming up and the human population is growing, raising our demand for resources. The combination of these factors is why the battle against climate change will be decided in cities, particularly cities in the Asia-Pacific.
BEIJING, May 13 (UPI) -- Urbanization in eastern China has a significant impact on the observed surface warming that plays an essential role in regional climate change, scientists say.
As people continue to flood into Western Australia, more and more pressure is being put on the services and facilities they expect the city to offer.
The European Union adopted a new strategy yesterday (6 May) aimed at promoting green infrastructure, and putting natural processes at the heart of its spatial planning.
"When it comes to urban planning, protecting wildlife is often overlooked – but the loss of natural ecosystems in cities poses risks to public health and the quality of life of urban citizens," says Dr Sarah Bekessy, of CEED and RMIT University. "Over half of Australia's threatened species and e ...
Nairobi, 17 April 2013 - Investing in sustainable infrastructures and resource efficient technologies in cities offers a golden opportunity to deliver economic growth with lower rates of environmental degradation, reductions in poverty, cuts in greenhouse gases, and improved well-being, accordin ...
People usually think about biodiversity and nature in terms of national parks, reserves and wildlife. Yet humans have a growing urban footprint across the planet. More than 50 per cent of Australia’s threatened species and ecosystems occur within the urban fringe.
If things go as planned, a few polluted ponds in the city will soon be centres of recreation for their respective residential associations
Mar. 25, 2013 — Although it's known that construction of homes in suburban areas can have negative impacts on native plants and animals, a recent study led by University of Massachusetts Amherst ecologist Susannah Lerman suggests that well- managed residential development such as provided by hom ...
People living in cities are not being exposed to the vital bacteria they need to strengthen their immune systems, a public health specialist says.
TORONTO -- A museum exhibit featuring the corpses of thousands of birds killed while travelling Toronto's skies is meant to raise awareness of the perils facing the city's feathered residents, organizers said Thursday.
The rising level of noise in urban areas may be preventing some species of songbirds from setting up home in developed areas, a study has concluded
PUNE: In today's age of shrinking land spaces and multiplying high-rises, the space available for your own private garden is limited. Increasing concretization in urban areas like Pune means you hardly see any greenery around, what with gardens and lawns making way for parking lots and additiona ...
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists and officials are trying to protect the largest US city from future floods.
In the UK, whenever wildlife are seen to be posing a problem, it goes without saying that the culprits are branded as overabundant – be they badgers, grey squirrels or foxes. I cannot remember how often I have been told that foxes need to be culled because they have no natural predators.
In big cities around the world, from China to Afghanistan, authorities are still fighting the battle against smog. This, despite the fact that 60 years ago, Londoners suffered from a dramatic air pollution event.
Indonesian capital faces battle against rising water levels after urban sprawl upsets region's ecological balance
The report, ‘Cities and Biodiversity Outlook’, presented during COP-11 at Hyderabad describes how cities need to take part in work for biodiversity conservation.
Vacant industrial land near salt marshes and a derelict rail bridge seem like an odd setting for the beginnings of a lifestyle revolution in scenic California, but planners in the San Francisco Bay suburb of Newark view it as just that.
It's not just people that have a penchant for cigarettes. Birds living in urban environments often use cigarette butts to line their nests. Unlike in humans, the cigarettes seem to have a beneficial effect – they cut the number of parasites in the nests.
The city of Parauapebas, Brazil is booming: built over the remains of the Amazon rainforest, the metropolis has grown 75-fold in less than 25 years, from 2,000 people upwards of 150,000.
Ecologists are exploring how people, buildings, wildlife and pollution interact in the world's cities.
Understanding how biodiversity can contribute to sustainable urban development will be vital as 70% of the world’s population moves into cities, an expert from the Stockholm Resilience Centre has warned.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — The loss of sensitive species in streams begins to occur at the initial stages of urban development, according to a new study by the USGS. The study found that streams are more sensitive to development than previously understood.
Grasshoppers that live in noisy urban environments are having to change their song, a study has found.
NEW DELHI: The city will soon have a special committee on biodiversity for 10,000 hectares designated for the purpose.
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, once a city of lush forests and grass fields, has suffered drastic environmental changes due to rapid urbanization, experts say.
In a report that is of great importance to urban planners, the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity has stated that by 2030 about 60 per cent of the world’s population would be living in urban areas.
The world's urban areas will more than double in size by 2030, presenting an opportunity to build greener and healthier cities, a U.N. study showed on Monday.
Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) and Purdue University have announced their new software system which enables the three-dimensional visualization of greenhouse gas emissions throughout urban landscapes. It notes where, when, and how carbon emissions are occurring.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 25 2012 (IPS) - You do not need to live in the countryside to grow vegetables, as hundreds of thousands of people involved in urban agriculture from Havana to Buenos Aires know very well. Now they are being joined by residents of Rio de Janeiro’s “favelas”.
Urbanization shapes the environment, but the way in which it does so depends on where and how cities grow.
BOSTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Rapid global urban expansion will threaten biodiversity unless action is taken in a limited amount of time available, a study by three U.S. universities found.
Cultivating crops and keeping animals in urban areas could help feed growing populations and boost incomes
PHOENIX, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Urban yards featuring plants native to the area can offer birds "mini-refuges" and help to offset losses of biodiversity in cities, a U.S. study found.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2012) — A recent study of residential landscape types and native bird communities in Phoenix, Ariz., led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst urban ecologist suggests that yards mimicking native vegetation and wildlands offer birds "mini refuges," helping to offset the ...
WASHINGTON: Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has revealed.
Retrofitting urban areas so that they are sensitive to and encourage biodiversity is a challgenge, but a neccessary one if we are to prevent continued species decline
The creation of "green walls" in urban areas could cut pollution by up to 30%, scientists have suggested.
Noise in urban areas could be increasing the mortality rate among young house sparrows, a study has suggested.
(Reuters) - European cities are planning to adapt to climate change as the risks become more severe, a report by UK-based emissions measurement organisation the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and consultancy Accenture showed on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- The greater Los Angeles area will heat up an average 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century due to climate change, a climate expert says.
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, mayors, delegations from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and a U.S. President, assembled in Rio at Rio + C40: Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change, an event to highlight the concrete climate actions being taken by ...
We teamed Senior Extension Associate Keith Tidball from Cornell University up with Programme officer Oliver Hillel of the Convention of Biological Diversity to discuss some of the most important and emerging issues related to urbanisation, biodiversity conservation and governance.
On the second and final day of the 2012 ICLEI Urban Nature Forum, Cornell researcher Keith Tidball sat down with Kobie Brand from the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center to discuss issues related to local governance, the new URBIS initiative and expectations ahead of Rio+20.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 5 (UPI) -- Cities most active in preparing for climate change are not always the biggest or wealthiest, with Latin America ahead of U.S. cities, a survey found
ScienceDaily (June 5, 2012) — Quito, Ecuador, is not considered a global leader by most measures. But there is one way in which Quito is at the forefront of metropolises worldwide: in planning for climate change.
Urban areas can be biologically rich rather than ravaged and lead the way in sustainable development.
With rich biodiversity, cities have enormous potential to mitigate climate change.