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Urbanisation can be good for the environment

Urbanisation has never resonated stronger among countries – developed and developing alike – than now.

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Parks are a huge asset, and we need to value them for the 21st century

Our green spaces are shrinking, despite all the benefits they give us. If we want to save them, we need to value the ecosystem and health and wellbeing services they offer

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Urban forests increasingly central to planning in poor and rich countries alike

Forests in the heart of the city as well as the edge of town are vital not just for aesthetics but for improving residents’ health and reaping economic benefits, according to the UN FAO.

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Cities eating into world’s farm lands

[NEW DELHI] By 2030, the world could lose millions of fertile agricultural lands to expanding cities with Asia and Africa accounting for 80 per cent of the total farm losses, a study finds.

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Cities Provide Refuge for Threatened Species

HONG KONG, China, January 8, 2017 (ENS) – Poached nearly to extinction in their homelands, rare and threatened birds and animals have found refuge in cities like Hong Kong, introduced to urban centers or wilderness areas outside their natural ranges.

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Waterworld—can we learn to live with flooding?

Flash floods, burst riverbanks, overflowing drains, contaminants leaching into waterways: some of the disruptive, damaging and hazardous consequences of having too much rain. But can cities be designed and adapted to live more flexibly with water – to treat it as friend rather than foe?

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Light pollution dampens urban robins' song

The song and behaviour of the UK's favourite bird is being affected by light and noise pollution.

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Architecture Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

Long before architecture was a specific study about designing homes, the humans existing during the medieval age were inspired by the natural elements present around them. These forms of nature would deeply influence the infrastructure of the homes of those times, even if they were not professio ...

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To green our cities, we must rethink our relationship with nature

Enthusiasm for urban greening is at a high point, and rightly so. Ecological studies highlight the contribution urban nature makes to the conservation of biodiversity. For example, research shows cities support a greater proportion of threatened species than non-urban areas.

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‘Right tree in right place’

German researchers have compiled a 400-species database to encourage people to plant the “right tree in the right place” in urban areas. The team of scientists hope the information will help shift the focus away from the way trees look towards on the focus on biodiversity.

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This Tower of Biodiversity is designed to spread seeds throughout Paris

Maison Edouard François designed an incredible sustainable tower for Paris. Clad in eye-catching green panels, the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity also comprises netting entwined with living flora. The entire structure is designed to spread seeds throughout the city.

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In its pursuit of “smart cities,” India is becoming a drier, hotter and angrier country

Every day, as I left home and walked along the footpath near my house, battling cars that try to occupy it, I glanced irritatedly at the little mess of leftover rice and god knows what that I shuddered at and jumped over.

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Flying squirrel numbers soar in Helsinki

Helsinki has seen a boom in the population of Siberian flying squirrels in the past two years, according to researchers.

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Growth of city trees can cut air pollution, says report

Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities.

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Open season for rat hunting in Jakarta

Rats are a major problem in Jakarta. Now the city is trying to combat the pests by paying its residents a bounty.

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Out of the countryside, wildlife returning to Amsterdam

Seals peep from Amsterdam's famous canals, while rare bats huddle in the eaves of houses, next to nesting birds. Wildlife—of the animal kind—is on the rise in the teeming Dutch capital.

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Tree growth slows as cities heat up

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- There's evidence that global warming is having a "greening" effect on large portions of the planet. And some scientists have suggested an uptick in carbon will encourage photosynthesis -- for better or worse. But that's not case in cities, new research shows.

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Scientists show cities can serve as a refuge for insect pollinators

Residents living in towns and cities can play a major role in ensuring insect pollinators survive and thrive around them, a team of international scientists has said.

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City birds produce fewer, smaller chicks

MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A new study suggests life in the city diminishes the fertility of birds.

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Urbanization affects diets of butterflies

Butterflies that are 'picky' about the flowers they feed from may become increasingly dependent on fewer native flower sources with urbanization

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Move aside, pigeons: Wild parakeets poised for world domination

Love them or hate them, ring-necked parakeets have invaded Europe and they're here to stay. Already a staple of many urban parks and gardens around the UK, some of these charismatic bright green birds are now so comfortable in their new surroundings that they will happily sit and feed from your ...

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Architecture students, faculty design floating cities in response to climate change

What happens when architects think about the world beyond its physical framework is the concept explored by a team of architecture students and a faculty member from The University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning. It earned them an honorable mention in Pamphlet Architecture 36 co ...

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New meta-analysis shows engineered hard shorelines are a threat to ecosystems

Shoreline hardening, defined as the installation of structures to prevent erosion or provide flood protection, is a common practice worldwide.

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Hong Kong could be home to ‘thousands of species’ unrecorded in city, says biodiversity expert

The recent discovery of a new ant species in Hong Kong has ­renewed interest in the city’s biodiversity and ecology.

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Civic pride 'can help sustain urban biodiversity'

The establishment of community gardens in inner city areas can boost social and ecological sustainability, suggest researchers.

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How to Restore an Urban River? Los Angeles Looks to Find Out

Officials are moving ahead with a major revitalization of the Los Angeles River – removing miles of concrete along its banks and re-greening areas now covered with pavement. But the project raises an intriguing question: Just how much of an urban river can be returned to nature?

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Urban pigeons help researchers monitor lead pollution

NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- New research shows toxicity levels in urban pigeons are a good proxy for risk of lead poisoning in children.

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City birds again prove to be angrier than rural birds

No need to head to the movie theater or download the video game app: Angry Birds can be found right in your backyard this summer--if you live in the suburbs, that is.

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Peregrines remain faithful falcons, even in the city

CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Even for birds, the city life comes with extra temptations -- chiefly, a plethora of potential mates. But new research shows, even in the city, Peregrine falcons remain committed to their partners.

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The Future of Food in Cities: Urban Agriculture

NEW YORK, Jul 11 2016 (IPS) - Habitat III, the UN’s conference on cities this coming October will explore urban agriculture as a solution to food security, but here in New York City, it has shown potential for much more.

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Why urban wildlife is thriving in Berlin

Berlin might seem like a concrete jungle, but the metropolis has more biodiversity than you'd expect. What is it about Berlin that attracts wild foxes, raccoons, boars and the largest number of birds in all of Germany?

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Threatened by climate change, Mozambique's Beira bets on urban renewal

BONN, Germany (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Daviz Simango is one of Mozambique's most influential politicians but last year when yet another flood inundated Beira, the coastal city he has served as mayor since 2003, he felt powerless.

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Bees are more productive in the city than in surrounding regions

Bees pollinate plants more frequently in the city than in the country even though they are more often infected with parasites, a factor which can shorten their lifespans, researchers report.

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Urban bird species risk dying prematurely due to stress

Birds of the species Parus Major (great tit) living in an urban environment are at greater risk of dying young than great tits living outside cities.

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California's urban trees offer $1 billion in benefits

VALLEJO, Calif., June 14 (UPI) -- California is growing money trees. That's what a quick scan of the latest issue of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening suggests, anyway.

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Finding connections to nature in cities is key to healthy urban living

The modern city is a place where a vibrant array of ideas, sights, sounds and smells intermingle to spawn creativity, expression and innovation. We are drawn to the noise, the constant connectivity and the delicious food.

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Blocks and flocks: why are some bird species so successful in cities?

Life in the city can be stressful – for birds just as much as people. For humans, cities are expressly designed to put roofs over heads and food within easy reach, but the opposite can be true for many urban birds.

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Mumbai moves to protect its flamingos

Mumbai isn't just home to skyscrapers and slums - thanks to its mangrove forests, it also attracts flamingos and rare bird species. But this biodiversity is under threat from pollution and illegal slum encroachments.

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Building tiny forests, one tree at a time

As cities keep growing around the world, the destruction of wild forests continues unabated. One solution: Put forests inside cities. Impossible? Not if an engineer puts his mind to the job. Meet Shubhendu Sharma.

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Bridge threatens Mumbai's flamingos

Mumbai is one of only a few major conurbations in the world to boast urban flamingos. But a new bridge will cut through their habitat and most likely drive them away.

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Flightless survivors: Incredible invertebrate diversity in Los Angeles metropolitan area

Urban wildlife is surprisingly understudied. We tend to know more about animals in exotic places than about those that live in our cities.

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More action required to protect soil in the city 

Industrial activity, pollution and exploitation are degrading the quality of soils located in and around our cities, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Natural History Museum in L.A. enlists residents to collect data on urban wildlife

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is embarking on a pioneering plan to collect and inventory all of the urban wildlife in the region.

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Hong Kong advisers ‘disappointed’ with government’s biodiversity plan for city

A dedicated fund, hard targets and child-friendly mascots were among an array of recommendations floated by government ­advisers on Monday, many whom felt a consultation paper on the city’s first biodiversity plan lacked new ideas and ambition.

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Arboreal Austin: Forest Service publishes first urban forest assessment

AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 (UPI) -- For the first time, the U.S. Forest Service has published an urban forest assessment. The report details tree life in Austin, the capital of Texas.

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The miracle of Kolkata's wetlands – and one man's struggle to save them

The wetlands are this Indian city’s free sewage works, a fertile aquatic garden and, most importantly, a flood defence – but they’re under threat from developers. One environmentalist is leading the resistance

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Running with the hyenas of Addis Ababa

There can't be many early morning urban running routes that result in a hyena or two lumbering past you. But that's what I get after lacing up my trainers and heading out before dawn in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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Vancouver wildlife biodiversity strategy approved by park board

The Vancouver Park Board has voted unanimously in favour of a biodiversity strategy that will see 25 hectares of "natural area" in the city restored or enhanced by 2020.

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Biodiversity database for smart city initiative to be launched soon

A biodiversity database for urban India will be prepared for better species diversity management, dovetailed to the smart city initiative.

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5 Ways Animals Are Working for Cities

oyotes in New York City. Flying squirrels in Philadelphia. Bobcats in Los Angeles. We share our cities with a veritable menagerie. In an increasingly urbanized world, as animals lose habitat elsewhere, they’re likely to move in with us more and more. Some are pesky: termites in the walls, rats i ...

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