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#113387
2017-06-20

How To Fill London With Nature

The rows of London terrace houses look familiar enough. But the space once filled with cars and tarmac is now home to long grass, miniature allotments and a winding footpath.

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#113257
2017-06-13

How communities around the world incorporate nature in unexpected ways

Bringing natural elements and green spaces into the design of communities is not new but the Japanese concept of satoyama goes one step further, highlighting the mutual benefits of integrating existing natural habitat with built environments.

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#113183
2017-06-06

Oslo is Europe's Green Capital 2019 - finally

After Stockholm and Copenhagen, another Scandinavian city has won the title European Green Capital, honoring green urban achievements. It is the third time Norway's capital Oslo was shortlisted.

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#113169
2017-06-05

First Biodiversity Heritage Site in India: fish for everyone

On the western fringes of Hyderabad, surrounded by fantastic primordial rock formations, modern apartments, factories and a village, is a sprawling and ancient man-made lake. Ameenpur Lake dates back to the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah, who ruled the kingdom of Golconda between 1550 and 1580. Accor ...

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#113142
2017-06-02

Making a transition from grey to green infrastructure

For the first time in history, more people are living in cities than in villages. This transition to urban life is slowly becoming prominent in India as well. While urban life offers vastly superior access to essential services like healthcare, this is often at the cost of access to green spaces.

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#113152
2017-06-02

Greening Africa’s cities to protect people and growth

A fast urbanizing Africa is rapidly degrading the environmental assets of its cities. Protecting those assets can increase the productivity and liveability of these cities, improve tourism opportunities, and enhance resilience to the impacts of extreme weather events, according to a new World Ba ...

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#113052
2017-05-26

Green space – how much is enough, and what’s the best way to deliver it?

Half of the world’s people now live in urban areas. This creates competition for resources and increases pressure on already limited green space.

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#113020
2017-05-24

Can a 'bee friendly zone' help save Stockholm's pollinators?

A new joint initiative from diplomats, businesses and residents in Stockholm hopes to save the city's bees by creating a "bee friendly zone" in the Swedish capital.

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#112941
2017-05-19

How green is Berlin?

The German capital is hailed for its green spaces, where Berliners flock to at the first glimpse of sun. Check out our insider tips for the best nature hangouts - and find out if Berlin really is as green as people say.

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#112905
2017-05-17

Cities need to 'green up' to reduce impact of air pollution

The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found.

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#112840
2017-05-12

Welcome To Merrifield – Victoria’s Largest Masterplanned City

Merrifield, located just 30km from Melbourne CBD, is set to become one of Australia’s largest new masterplanned communities.A joint venture between MAB Corporation and Gibson Property Corporation, the project will be divided into four precincts – living, parklands, business park and city centre ...

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#112821
2017-05-11

Biodiversity index aims to ‘protect LA’s unique environment

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to explore the creation of an index to document the city’s existing biodiversity and ecosystems while also setting conservation targets.

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#112764
2017-05-05

Higher-density cities need greening to stay healthy and liveable

Access to high-quality public open space is a key ingredient of healthy, liveable cities. This has long been recognised in government planning policy, based on a large body of academic research showing that accessible green spaces lead to better health outcomes.

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#112732
2017-05-03

Waterbody to come alive with biodiversity park

Work on creating the city’s first biodiversity park at Madiwala lake is on track as 70% of the territorial work has been completed. Desilting of the lake and setting up a sewage treatment plant (STP) are the only pending works.

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#112719
2017-05-02

Chengdu paints the panda town green

Megacity develops ecology with economy, dedicating land to national parks and open spaces – and the celebrated pandas.The film Born in China hit the screens in North America on April 21, making the audiences fall in love with the rare animals in China.

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#112720
2017-05-02

On Safari in the City: A Guide to Urban Wildlife Viewing

The notion of urban wildlife may suggest images of rodents and pigeons. But as backyard birders can attest, more desirable wildlife persists in cities, a topic studied by the Chicago-based Urban Wildlife Institute and eight new partner research bodies across the country.

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#112092
2017-02-27

Urbanisation can be good for the environment

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

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#111922
2017-02-14

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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#111799
2017-02-01

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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#111654
2017-01-18

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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#111541
2017-01-09

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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#111521
2017-01-06

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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#111449
2016-12-15

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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#111058
2016-11-24

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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#110978
2016-11-21

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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#110929
2016-11-17

‘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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#110939
2016-11-17

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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#110742
2016-11-07

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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#110623
2016-10-28

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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#110635
2016-10-28

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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#110515
2016-10-20

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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#110480
2016-10-18

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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#110322
2016-10-05

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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#110268
2016-09-30

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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#109810
2016-09-06

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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#109632
2016-08-18

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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#109613
2016-08-17

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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#109587
2016-08-12

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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#109565
2016-08-11

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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#109471
2016-08-05

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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#109387
2016-08-01

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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#109206
2016-07-19

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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#109207
2016-07-19

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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#109180
2016-07-18

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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#109176
2016-07-15

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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#109139
2016-07-12

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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#109114
2016-07-08

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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#109116
2016-07-08

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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#108991
2016-06-23

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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#108945
2016-06-21

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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