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#104649
2015-07-24

Secret weapon in fight against climate change: mayors

Sixty big-city mayors from around the world gathered at the Vatican this week to discuss their role in addressing climate change. Mayors often play an unheralded role in reducing carbon emissions.

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#104639
2015-07-23

World mayors warn of threats to mankind, commit to U.N. development goals

VATICAN CITY, July 22 (Reuters) - More than 65 mayors from around the world pledged on Wednesday to implement the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their cities and to combat global warming, saying society was facing numerous threats.

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#104606
2015-07-21

Manhattan's Last Forest and the Nature of Cities Everywhere

In the 1950s my grandparents moved my father and uncle out of the Bronx, New York, and into the New Jersey countryside on the other bank of the Hudson River. Growing up hearing stories from my dad about how felicitous it was to be plunked down into the open spaces and woodlands of the mid-centur ...

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#104587
2015-07-20

Chernobyl: A Vacation Hotspot Unlike Any Other

In the early hours of April 26, 1986, the reactor at Chernobyl exploded during a routine maintenance test, setting off a shining plume of smoke that made the sky glow for miles. Residents in the area would later describe the rainbow light from the deadly explosion as the most sublime vision they ...

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#104576
2015-07-16

Smarter city needs better ecosystem

Urban planners and researchers have raised the pitch for an ecosystem restoration policy to compliment the Centre's ambitious Smart City Mission.

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#104553
2015-07-15

Wildlife in built-up areas an undervalued part of our urban ecosystems

Urban wildlife such as deer, foxes and badgers should be cherished for the ecological benefits they bring to towns and cities, rather than feared as potentially harmful pests, scientists argue in a new report.

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#104513
2015-07-09

We can make a greener, more liveable London and expand Heathrow

The next mayor of London needs to be committed to making our city a better place to live; both more affordable and greener. The high cost of renting, public transport and low wages are one side of the challenge’ while the need to reduce CO2 emissions, tackle air pollution and offer new sources o ...

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#104489
2015-07-06

Montreal certified as an eco-friendly host for major events

Businesses looking for an eco-friendly host for their large events can now look to Montreal after the city was certified by iCompli Sustainability according to ASTM-APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) standards.

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#104343
2015-06-18

Saint-Laurent and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Cooperate on Promoting Urban Biodiversity

SAINT-LAURENT, QC, June 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa and Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, signed a letter of agreement today to promote their common vision on urban biodiversity.

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#104031
2015-05-26

Biodiversity under threat as Melbourne's grasslands become suburbs

Ecologists have warned that Melbourne is at risk of losing more than half its native plant species over the next century, with grasslands in Melbourne's west most vulnerable to the city's urban sprawl.

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#103946
2015-05-22

Sustainable cities depend on empowered citizens

Using technology to make a city more sustainable works best if its inhabitants participate in planning and implementation, according to a UN report.

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#103815
2015-05-13

How Berlin's urban goshawks helped me learn to love the city

Berlin has the highest density of goshawk territories anywhere in the world. Since moving to the city, Amy Liptrot has delighted in the joys of watching these spectacular birds up close – in a way that would be impossible in rural areas

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#103786
2015-05-11

Cities central to climate and sustainable development – World Urban Campaign

Over half of the world’s population live in cities. They generate nearly 80% of global GDP, and use 70% of energy, according to the New Climate Economy report.

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#103673
2015-04-30

Sustainable Cities Work for Climate Change

To survive on this planet at the numbers we have amassed, cities must more efficiently support their human habitants, especially with persistent constraints on water, land, and food.

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#103616
2015-04-27

Coyotes Are New York’s Newest Immigrants

My attire this morning: long johns under jeans, two layers of wool socks, heavy hiking boots, a turtleneck, two scarves, gloves, a fleece, a down parka and a knitted hat. I’m in the most populous city in the country, it’s the coldest day of the year, and we’re off to track coyotes.

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#103284
2015-03-26

30 new species discovered in Los Angeles in first-ever intensive urban biodiversity survey

Thirty new insect species of the fly family Phoridae have been discovered in the LA region of California.

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#103060
2015-03-09

Urban wildlife: when animals go wild in the city

Perching on the side of an old power station chimney with St Paul’s Cathedral to the north and the Shard, Europe’s tallest building, to the east is not where you might expect to glimpse the world’s fastest bird. Yet Tate Modern, and London landmarks including Battersea Power Station and the Hous ...

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#103072
2015-03-09

A bird's eye view of Montreal

It is Montreal and the year is 1896. The city, with its half a million citizens, is alive and vibrant and enjoying one of its greatest periods of growth.

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#102838
2015-02-19

Rise in heatwaves puts pressure on city planning

Cities around the world are likely to suffer more heatwaves in the future, a study has found, leading to greater need for planning regulation and urban cooling.

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#102785
2015-02-13

Urban pollinators get the job done

Native bees in San Francisco provide adequate pollination to crop plants such as tomato plants, new research shows.

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#102760
2015-02-12

Global Environment Facility to take up pilot projects in 4 cities

NEW DELHI: Global Environment Facility (GEF) that supports UN objectives on protecting environment and addressing climate change concerns, has agreed to undertake pilot projects in four Indian cities for promoting green practices in urban areas.

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#102699
2015-02-10

Critics predict traffic nightmares if Pierrefonds residential project is constructed

Critics say it will destroy one of the island’s few remaining untouched green spaces, block a natural green corridor used by dozens of species and bring 10,000 more cars to a region plagued by traffic congestion

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#102696
2015-02-09

The rise of sustainable Perth

Perth is not a big part of the national consciousness, although its growth has sparked some interest. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics projections are remarkable—the population will reach three million by the early 2020s, surpass Brisbane later that decade and hit five million by 2050, ...

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#102681
2015-02-06

The Soul of Buenos Aires Is Turning Grey

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 5 2015 (IPS) - If cities have souls, the Argentine capital’s is turning more and more grey. Real estate speculation, the fencing in and paving of parks, and the installation of private bars and restaurants in public squares have changed the face of the city.

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#102613
2015-02-04

Urban rabbits downsize to smaller, 'studio' warrens

European rabbits are in decline in rural areas, yet holding strong in cities. But urban living also comes with a changed lifestyle: instead of being packed into complex burrows, city rabbits seem to live a more solitary life in smaller burrows.

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#102508
2015-01-26

Copenhagen unveils first climate-change adapted neighborhood

'Cloudburst boulevards' and innovative bowl-shaped parks are designed to protect the city from rising sea levels

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#102453
2015-01-20

Farming Goes To Town

Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.

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#102366
2015-01-13

Vanishing big trees put Australia's urban wildlife in peril

Across Australia - and the world - the future of large old trees is bleak and yet large trees support many species such as birds and small mammals, says Mr Darren Le Roux, a PhD student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and The Australian National University.

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#102367
2015-01-13

Boosting the immune systems of city dwellers

A new project attempts to find solutions to allergies and other immune defence disorders using methods from medicine and urban design.

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#102093
2014-12-03

Street cleaners in New York have help from insect garbage-munchers

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- For junk food-loving insects, New York City is the place to be. According to new research, urban-dwelling bugs -- millipedes, ants, spiders and cockroaches -- roaming a 150-block stretch of the Broadway/West Street corridor consume the equivalent of 60,000 hotdogs each ...

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#102102
2014-12-03

In a Queens Forest, Compiling a Picture of Urban Ecology

Deep in the woods at Alley Pond Park in Queens is a laboratory that looks like something out of a weather fanatic’s wild imagination.

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#102078
2014-12-02

‘Top down’ climate data don’t serve growing cities

Urban environments are changing rapidly. People who live in cities are faced with risks and vulnerabilities that depend as much on socioeconomic factors, like access to health care, as they do on exposure to climate change and variability.

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#101999
2014-11-26

Urban cardinals and catbirds live longer study shows

Researchers at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have found four bird species living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region that survive longer than those living in rural settings.

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#101861
2014-11-12

High ant diversity underfoot in urban environments

Cities have more species diversity than you'd expect. A study of ants in Manhattan found not only a wide range of species, but also significant differences in the levels of biodiversity in different urban areas.

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#101764
2014-11-03

Green spaces don't ensure biodiversity in urban areas

Planting trees and creating green space in cities is good for attracting species, but it may not be enough to ensure biodiversity in built environments, a University of Iowa study has found.

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#101701
2014-10-31

On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning

31 October 2014 – As the world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.

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#101687
2014-10-30

Nestling birds struggle in noisy environments

Unable to fly, nestling birds depend on their parents for both food and protection: vocal communication between parents and offspring helps young birds to determine when they should beg for food and when they should crouch in the nest to avoid a predator seeking an easy meal.

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#101300
2014-10-07

Can cities save our wild bees?

I love bees. Everyone I know loves bees. And everyone knows bees are on the decline. But could it be that cities will come to their rescue?

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#101264
2014-10-06

Pop-up parks fight to bring green space to Brussels

Brussels boasts being one of Europe's greener cities, even though many of its parks are far from inner-city residents. In response, some people have created their own pop-up parks out of vacant lots.

News Headlines
#101174
2014-10-01

Cities launch global alliance to lower carbon emissions

[NEW YORK] More than 2,000 cities have banded together in what the UN calls the largest effort by cities so far to curb their greenhouse gas emissions.

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#101059
2014-09-24

Cities Will Solve Climate Change, Not Nations

As world leaders gathered at the U.N. to talk about global warming, mayors set about actually doing something about climate change

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#100929
2014-09-15

Indian city of Surat anticipates worst effects of climate change

Gujarat city on India’s west coast is preparing to cope with twin disasters brought on by rapid growth and global warming

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#99940
2014-07-03

On a whim: Equatorial Guinea building new capital city in the middle of the rainforest

More than 8,000 hectares of rainforest are under threat as the nation builds a new $600 million capital city from scratch. Called Oyala, and also known as Djibloho, the city is expected to be completed by 2020 and house up to 200,000 people -- about an eighth of the entire population of the enti ...

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#99748
2014-06-19

Curbing air pollution, one bamboo bike at a time

Manila is known more for its gridlocked traffic jams and air pollution than for green spaces or pedestrianized walkways. Bamboo bikes could change that by curbing emissions and helping pave the way to go green.

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#99610
2014-06-12

Great tits' 'black ties' smaller in the city

Urban great tits have smaller black breast stripes than their rural neighbours, a study has found.

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#99581
2014-06-10

Toronto’s urban forest worth $7-billion, report says

Toronto’s 10 million trees are worth an estimated $7-billion or about $700 per tree and the benefits of maintaining an urban forest outweigh the costs, says a new report.

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#99534
2014-06-06

Triple Summit in Singapore Puts Urban Planning on the Map

SINGAPORE, Jun 5 2014 (IPS) - With over 20,000 international participants, a triple summit wrapping up today in Singapore is generating an abundance of ideas on sustainable cities.

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#99536
2014-06-06

Environment-focused Events in Singapore Address Urban Sustainability

5 June 2014: Three events, the World Cities Summit (WCS), the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the CleanEnviro Summit (CESS) 2014, have brought together over 20,000 participants in Singapore, including 30 Ministers and 130 mayors, to share experiences and technological innovations, ...

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#99235
2014-05-22

How green spaces could stop cities from overheating

A 10% increase in green space in our cities could help to keep temperatures at present levels into the 2050s, despite climate change

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#99165
2014-05-20

Study: UK cities becoming mosquito-friendly habitats

Changes to UK urban areas provide habitats for mosquitoes, including species known to spread malaria and West Nile virus, a study suggests.

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