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#114066
2017-08-10

The benefits -- and potential pitfalls -- of urban green spaces

With the rapid expansion of the urban landscape, successfully managing ecosystems in built areas has never been more important. However, our understanding of urban ecology is far from complete, and the data at hand are often patchy, leaving stakeholders without the tools they need to successfull ...

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#114012
2017-08-07

Pakistan’s first urban forest reaches greater heights

The satisfaction of having achieved his goal reflected in Shahzad Qureshi’s face as he gazed at the trees he planted some 20 months ago. Inspired by Indian eco-entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma, whose company develops native and urban forest in cities, Qureshi immediately decided to implement the i ...

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#114014
2017-08-07

Climate Change minister directs to increase urban forest cover

Climate Change Minister Senator Mushahidullah Khan on Sunday directed the federal and provincial forest officials to boost urban forestry at national scale to protect urban areas from heat waves and from becoming heat islands.

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#113969
2017-08-01

Appetite of Amazonian cities impact wildlife up to 1,000 km away

New research suggests that the impact is so severe it can be felt over incredibly large distances.

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#113950
2017-07-28

Green roof market growing 17 per cent each year, first market study finds

A report into the size, value and growth of the UK green roof market has found it is expanding at a rate of 17 per cent each year. Its findings demonstrate there is a green roof market focus in London, partly due to its specific planning policy.

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#113930
2017-07-27

A jungle comes to the city

It’s July now and the temperature is slowly dipping in Delhi. Only a few migratory birds wintered at the Yamuna biodiversity park remain. Others have left for Central Asia and Siberia. Some species of summer terrestrial migrants are expected to arrive while some others can be seen enjoying the p ...

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#113940
2017-07-27

Food for thought: how cities shape more than what is on your plate

Food production has long been considered a rural concern, of little interest to cities. Yet, several cities are waking up to the role that local authorities can play in the development of sustainable food systems.

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#113921
2017-07-26

Why our cities need butterflies

hreatened by loss of habitat, industrial agriculture and climate change, butterfly populations have been dwindling in recent years in the UK. Butterfly Conservation, a British charity devoted to saving butterflies and moths, says that 76 percent of species have declined over the past four decades.

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#113849
2017-07-20

As threats grow, expanding cities push for stronger, safer societies

Urban resilience, no longer just a buzzword, is fast becoming part of the fabric of cities around the world, which need to ramp up strategies to ensure the wellbeing of their booming populations in the face of growing threats, experts say.

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#113781
2017-07-14

Q&A: Aspiring to an ecocity future

The EcoCity World Summit is designed to focus on the way humanity builds its home — its cities, towns and villages. Although the summit brings together a diverse mix of researchers, policy makers and citizens with a common focus on identifying and creating pathways to more sustainable, resilient ...

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#113782
2017-07-14

Nature-based solutions for our cities

The growth of Dublin at the expense of rural Ireland is a familiar refrain, amplified in post-crash Ireland. While it is true that Ireland has a particularly unbalanced economic and population growth pattern focused on its capital city, increased urbanisation is a global trend. Along with pressu ...

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#113784
2017-07-14

The City Is Ours review – will vertical forests and smart street lights really save the planet?

Can something as messy and complex as the issues surrounding mass global urbanisation be squeezed into a popular exhibition? It is a challenge Ricky Burdett attempted in his 2006 Venice architecture biennale, and ended up bamboozling many visitors with a dense slew of diagrams and statistics, wh ...

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#113756
2017-07-13

Does nature stand a chance in this urbanisation frenzy?

In 2012, Hyderabad became the first Indian city to have a City Biodiversity Index (CBI), at least on paper. As an assessment tool, the Index is an invaluable tool for city authorities to monitor and evaluate biodiversity with a view to aid conservation efforts. Launched amid much fanfare to coin ...

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#113763
2017-07-13

Sponge cities: can China’s model go global?

As Xi Jinping ascended to power, he watched, all around him, the equally swift rise of cities. At his birth in 1953, cities housed just one in nine Chinese; by his marriage in 1987, one in four. By the time he became president, half his country was urbanised across 662 major cities, 100 of them ...

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#113714
2017-07-10

Special Report: The growing importance of Urban Biodiversity

Biodiversity refers to the variety of all living things on Earth, but people often have very specific ideas of what it means. If you run an online search for images of biodiversity, you are likely to find lots of photos of tropical rainforests and coral reefs.

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#113680
2017-07-07

Green infrastructure is good for society. So why do we struggle to fund it?

This month we’ve learned that hedges can be better at trapping air pollution than trees. And that the World Health Organisation has confirmed that “interventions to improve urban green space can deliver positive health, social and environmental outcomes for all population groups, particularly am ...

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#113659
2017-07-06

Biodiversity boosted by new railway junction in Bermondsey but passengers should expect more closures

A new railway junction to the east of London Bridge station has more than doubled biodiversity in the urban area of Bermondsey.

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#113663
2017-07-06

Holland’s first Vertical Forest to rise with 10,000 air-purifying plants

Hot on the heels of the world’s first Forest City in China, Stefano Boeri Architetti has announced their winning bid for the first Vertical Forest in the Netherlands. Set to rise in Utrecht, the Hawthorn Tower will, like its Milanese predecessor, be blanketed in greenery and is expected to absor ...

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#113613
2017-07-05

Which is the world's most biodiverse city?

Never before have we lived in such an urban world. Asphalt and concrete extend themselves over the earth, water disappears undergroundand steel and glass sparkle under the sun. Urban expansion is one of the chief characteristics of the freshly minted Anthropocene era.

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#113564
2017-07-04

Cape Town wears the biodiversity crown

Cape Town is the most biodiverse urban area in the world. The honour was bestowed by the leader of the UN's City and Biodiversity Outlook Project, Thomas Elmqvist, a Swedish expert in natural resource management and urban landscapes.

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#113491
2017-06-28

High-Rise Wooden Buildings May Be a Way to Make Cities More Sustainable

‘Tall wood’ construction is less carbon-intensive than concrete or steel, but it will likely take a major cultural shift for urban planners, builders, architects, and city dwellers to embrace wood construction on a large scale.

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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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