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How Would Nature Create A ‘Generous City’?

At the end of June, over 350 bio-inspired teachers, designers, architects, biologists, industrialists, and policy-makers gathered at the University of Massachusetts in Boston to ask, “How can humans create conditions conducive to Life?”

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Hyderabad biodiversity index improves

Buoyed with the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), Hyderabad has taken up a lot of measures to increase the City Biodiversity Index (CBI).

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Biodiversity Index of Hyderabad improves

Hyderabad city improved its points in City Biodiversity Index (CBI) from 39 points in October 2012 to 59 points this month.

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Why Dwindling Snow—Thanks Largely to Climate Change—Might Dry Out Los Angeles

While the national government remains slow to deal with climate change, many cities have been moving ahead.

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Special: Hyderabad third greenest city in India

Hyderabad: It is estimated that the city has lost one-third of its green cover owing to encroachments, road widening and diverting forest lands for commercial purposes.

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Cities are a ray of hope on biodiversity front

Today (May 22) is yet another United Nations-designated International Day for Biodiversity. Cities occupy only 2 per cent of earth’s surface, but their inhabitants use up 75 per cent of the planet’s resources building concrete jungles.

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Open space shrinking, city gasps for breath

KOLKATA: If the term "concrete jungle" is used to describe a city burdened with ugly brick-and-steel structures, there can't be a better example than Kolkata.

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Why Manhattan's Green Roofs Don't Work--and How to Fix Them

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:

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Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study

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.

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China's growing, sprawling cities said causing climate changes

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.

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Smart thinking needed as Perth and its issues expand

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.

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EU embraces green infrastructure package

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.

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Saving city wildlife—with democracy

"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 ...

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Scaled-Up Investments in Sustainable Cities Crucial for Improved Resource Efficiency and Poverty Eradication

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 ...

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Nature and the city

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.

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Ponds in city getting a fresh lease of life

If things go as planned, a few polluted ponds in the city will soon be centres of recreation for their respective residential associations

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Homeowner Groups Can Support Native Species in Suburbia

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 ...

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Urban bubble blocking immunity

People living in cities are not being exposed to the vital bacteria they need to strengthen their immune systems, a public health specialist says.

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ROM displays thousands of birds that died in collisions with buildings

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.

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Traffic noise driving songbirds to the limit in cities

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

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Vertical gardens a green solution for urban setting

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 ...

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Natural hazards: New York vs the sea

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists and officials are trying to protect the largest US city from future floods.

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Culling urban foxes just doesn't work

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.

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60 years on, cities still struggle with smog

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.

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Jakarta faces up to a high flood-risk future

Indonesian capital faces battle against rising water levels after urban sprawl upsets region's ecological balance

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Stockholm syndrome

The report, ‘Cities and Biodiversity Outlook’, presented during COP-11 at Hyderabad describes how cities need to take part in work for biodiversity conservation.

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California planning low-carbon oasis where cars aren't king

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.

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Smokers help birds ward off mites

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.

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Forests, farming, and sprawl: the struggle over land in an Amazonian metropolis

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.

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The science of cities: Life in the concrete jungle

Ecologists are exploring how people, buildings, wildlife and pollution interact in the world's cities.

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Biodiversity must be built into urban development to make future cities sustainable

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.

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Streams Show Signs of Degradation at Earliest Stages of Urban Development

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.

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Urban grasshoppers change their tune for females

Grasshoppers that live in noisy urban environments are having to change their song, a study has found.

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Four biodiversity parks planned in Delhi

NEW DELHI: The city will soon have a special committee on biodiversity for 10,000 hectares designated for the purpose.

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Bangladesh city suffers loss of greenery

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.

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Make cities resource efficient: UN report

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.

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Cities can get greener by 2030 as new urban areas built -UN

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.

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Urban Cities' Greenhouse Gasses are Mapped

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.

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Urban Agriculture Sprouts in Brazil’s Favelas

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”.

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How future urban sprawl maps out

Urbanization shapes the environment, but the way in which it does so depends on where and how cities grow.

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Study: Urbanization threatens biodiversity

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.

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African governments urged to support city farms

Cultivating crops and keeping animals in urban areas could help feed growing populations and boost incomes

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Native plants in yards benefit birds

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.

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Native Landscaping in Urban Areas Can Help Native Birds

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 ...

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Plants reduce city street pollution 8 times more than thought: Study

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.

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Accommodating biodiversity in urban environments

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

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Green streets can cut pollution, says study

The creation of "green walls" in urban areas could cut pollution by up to 30%, scientists have suggested.

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Urban noise 'killing baby house sparrows'

Noise in urban areas could be increasing the mortality rate among young house sparrows, a study has suggested.

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Europe's cities plan to combat mounting climate risk

(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.

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Study: Hotter future for Los Angeles

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.

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