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#107085
2016-02-03

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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#106770
2016-01-07

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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#106700
2015-12-29

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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#106683
2015-12-21

The Next Hollywood Blockbuster on Cities, Technology & the Unexpected Role of Nature

Imagine a Hollywood movie focused on technologies of the future and how they are going to change society. Three parallel stories, set in densely populated urban areas--New York, Sao Paulo, and Bangkok--would flick through a series of ever-smarter, ever-more-efficient technologies that shape how ...

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#106456
2015-12-08

Cities support a greater number of threatened species than non-urban areas

Earth is facing a catastrophic species extinction crisis. The dominant approach to conservation has been to focus on protecting pristine environments, but new research from Australia demonstrates that on average, urban environments contain disproportionately more threatened protected species in ...

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#106255
2015-11-25

New protocol could help build biodiverse cities

A new protocol has been released by RMIT University to help developers create urban environments that are beneficial to biodiversity.

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#106154
2015-11-18

David Suzuki: Natural infrastructure is good for the climate and communities

Across Canada, towns and cities face a one-two punch: aging infrastructure and the extreme weather climate change brings. Unless we do something, many of our roads, railways, transit lines, bridges, stormwater pipes, and other built structures could become obsolete.

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#106080
2015-11-12

Cities must take lead role in tackling climate change, says Mexico City mayor

Once notorious for air pollution, Mexico City’s ability to clean its skies has shown it can also be a leader in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, according to the city’s mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera.

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#106005
2015-11-05

Urban environments boost pathogen pressure on honey bees

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees (Apis mellifera) and reduce honey bee survival. The finding raises significant questions as urban areas continue to grow at the expense of rural environments, and urban b ...

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#105725
2015-10-19

Let it bee: Rise of urban apiaries has New York City buzzing

NEW YORK — Molly Conley climbed to the roof of the Historic Manhattan Seventh-day Adventist Church on a Wednesday morning in the West Village. She put on a white veil, lit a smoker and, as the sun rose, she took out a wooden palette covered in tightly packed hexagons. Holding it up to the light, ...

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#105567
2015-10-07

Canadian cities: Step up and act on climate change

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.

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#105440
2015-09-28

Paris greens itself ahead of climate summit

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?

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#105313
2015-09-17

Hong Kong’s conservation policy still has a long way to go

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.

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#105316
2015-09-17

Rural owl species doesn't mind the stress of city life

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.

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#105294
2015-09-16

"The urban ecosystem": How should we design cities to make the most of green space?

Back in 1839, public health expert J F Murray published his article The Lungs of London, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.

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#105271
2015-09-15

Got milkweed? Project aims to restore plants and Monarch butterflies

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.

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#105251
2015-09-14

Keeping cool on Europe's urban heat islands

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.

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#105027
2015-08-28

Forests in the city

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 ...

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#104987
2015-08-26

Vegetation essential for limiting city warming effects

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.

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#104991
2015-08-26

White sky at night not a city bird's delight

Free-living songbirds show increased stress hormone levels when nesting under white street lights.

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#104980
2015-08-25

Ecologists embrace their urban side

Climate change and the rise of cities have broadened what it means to study ecosystems.

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#104966
2015-08-24

Ecology initiative to encourage more birds, bats and insects to central London

London’s West End may not seem the ideal habitat for wildlife, but wrens, thrushes and bats are making it their home.

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#104853
2015-08-12

Korea Forest Service creates more green areas in cities

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.

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#104786
2015-08-06

Why concrete jungles need green spaces

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 ...

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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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