As the largest country in the Western Hemisphere, Canada has a special role to play in tackling the threat of global climate change. Canadian cities, which are on the front lines of this battle, must help lead the way.
As part of a new climate action plan, Paris went car-free this past Sunday. Among other things, the French capital intends to build out bicycling and renewable energy to cut emissions. Can it become a model green city?
Hong Kong is a crowded city but it has rich natural resources: 730 kilometres of coastline, and a variety of habitats such as corals, wetlands, and secondary forest.
BAHIA BLANCA, Argentina, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The majority of species prefer to avoid the encroachment of urban development. In fact, most endangered species are in the predicament they're in due to habitat loss at the hands of growing populations and expanding development.
Back in 1839, public health expert J F Murray published his article The Lungs of London, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.
Monarch butterflies have no choice in the matter: their existence is completely dependent on milkweed. And in recent years, the decline of milkweed in fields and gardens has brought a correlated decline in the monarch population.
Due to the drought in Europe, Austria experienced a particularly hot summer this year. Urban areas run warmer due to the heat island effect - and as the climate heats up, cities like Vienna are tackling this problem.
Delhi can justifiably be proud of being among the greenest cities in India. According to the latest (2013) estimates of the Forest Survey of India, about 12.12 per cent of Delhi is under tree cover. This is still less than half of the national average of 21.23 per cent but significant nonetheles ...
According to a new study that makes the first assessment of urbanization impacts for the entire continental United States, the presence of vegetation is an essential factor in limiting urban heating.
Free-living songbirds show increased stress hormone levels when nesting under white street lights.
Climate change and the rise of cities have broadened what it means to study ecosystems.
London’s West End may not seem the ideal habitat for wildlife, but wrens, thrushes and bats are making it their home.
The Korea Forest Service (KFS) will create more green areas in Seoul and other large cities to improve the living conditions for urban dwellers, the head of the state-run agency said Wednesday.
CAN cities really become home to a large variety of fauna and flora? Doesn’t the wild world hate cement? The concept of biodiversity may seem to contradict the nature of cities, but scientists, designers and architects are working on urban development models that harmonise with the natural envir ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Urban planners and researchers have raised the pitch for an ecosystem restoration policy to compliment the Centre's ambitious Smart City Mission.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Using technology to make a city more sustainable works best if its inhabitants participate in planning and implementation, according to a UN report.
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
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.
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.
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.
Thirty new insect species of the fly family Phoridae have been discovered in the LA region of California.
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 ...
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.
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.
Native bees in San Francisco provide adequate pollination to crop plants such as tomato plants, new research shows.
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.
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
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, ...
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.
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.
'Cloudburst boulevards' and innovative bowl-shaped parks are designed to protect the city from rising sea levels
Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.
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.
A new project attempts to find solutions to allergies and other immune defence disorders using methods from medicine and urban design.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.