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A Nonprofit Organization Creates Mini-forests in Public Schools in São Paulo Using the Miyawaki Method

Mon, 01/30/2023 - 00:00

Formigas-de-embaúba carries out environmental education programs to plant native mini-forests in public schools together with school communities.  If you asked someone if they could imagine growing a forest from scratch, they would most likely say no. If you then asked them if they could grow a mini-forest of 500 m² in their old school yard … Continue reading A Nonprofit Organization Creates Mini-forests in Public Schools in São Paulo Using the Miyawaki Method →

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Partnering With Fungi and Soil for Better Futures

Mon, 01/16/2023 - 00:21

Fungi, that bizarre kingdom that includes yeasts and mushrooms, can be partnered with for healthier outcomes in urban natural areas and landscapes. Fungi, which are not plants and are more related to animals, are masters of chemistry. Enzymes created by fungi have been found to digest cigarette butts, DDT, and wood. They can transform wood … Continue reading Partnering With Fungi and Soil for Better Futures →

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The Baltic Green: A Case Study of Children’s Access to Outdoor Play and Urban Nature in Liverpool City Centre

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 14:33

“This is a crucial and much-neglected topic. If children are not designed into our cities, they are designed out. This means that they are deprived of contact with the material world, with nature, with civic life and with their own capacities.” George Monbiot (Arup, 2020, 15) 1 Where do children belong in a city? Globally there … Continue reading The Baltic Green: A Case Study of Children’s Access to Outdoor Play and Urban Nature in Liverpool City Centre →

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Highlights from The Nature of Cities 2022

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 06:59

Cities should be collaborative creations, no? Various professions, ways of knowing, modes of action, governments, and the people that live there, work together (we hope) to build their city from their shared and often contested values. And we need to find greener routes to built cities for them to be sustainable. This mixing of different … Continue reading Highlights from The Nature of Cities 2022 →

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Highlights from Ten Years at The Nature of Cities

Mon, 01/02/2023 - 14:18

The Nature of Cities was launched 10 years ago, in June 2012. I believe it has been a success, with over four million reads and around 1,000 contributors. I believe it has been valuable in framing and propelling dialogue in its promotion of collaboration and transdisciplinarity that are essential to cities that are better for … Continue reading Highlights from Ten Years at The Nature of Cities →

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Urban Greening Factor Gains Momentum

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:56

What is it? City authorities around the world are looking for policies and tools to facilitate urban greening ― in particular, the process of bringing more soil, vegetation, and water into the built environment through the development planning system. In the UK, authorities are looking at the Urban Greening Factor (UGF). UGF has recently been … Continue reading Urban Greening Factor Gains Momentum →

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Upside Down Nature: Musings of a Terrestrial Urban Ecologist ‘At Sea’

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 00:24

I recently had the great pleasure and privilege of a holiday on a boat in the Maldives. I had never sailed before, and am by no means an ocean-going character (indeed I took a year of swimming lessons in anticipation of this holiday), so the whole experience of being at sea was wonderfully novel to … Continue reading Upside Down Nature: Musings of a Terrestrial Urban Ecologist ‘At Sea’ →

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Greening Buildings and the Potential for More Biodiversity and Well-being in Switzerland

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 07:18

Project study within the framework of the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan Increasing building density is putting pressure on green spaces and thus on the living conditions for flora, fauna, and humans. However, the sixth IPPC report and the COVID-19 pandemic clearly show green spaces that enable recreation and the experience of nature in the … Continue reading Greening Buildings and the Potential for More Biodiversity and Well-being in Switzerland →

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Eco-Urbanism and Urban Resilience Become More Critical Against a Background of a Global War

Wed, 11/02/2022 - 07:45

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated existing problems in global supply chains of two fundamental commodities, namely energy and food, which in turn are leading to soaring inflation. In response, several countries are abandoning their commitments made at the COP26 conference to reduce carbon emissions and instead going back to coal and other forms of … Continue reading Eco-Urbanism and Urban Resilience Become More Critical Against a Background of a Global War →

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They Didn’t Pave “Paradise”, They Ploughed It

Mon, 10/24/2022 - 13:18

The Year 2007 marked the arrival of the Urban Millennium when most of the world’s population became urban for the first time in human history (UNDESA, 2009). The proportion is now at least 55% and the global urban population is predicted to increase by 2.5 billion over the next 30 years (UNDESA, 2019). In North … Continue reading They Didn’t Pave “Paradise”, They Ploughed It →

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Urban Spiders – Fuzzy Friends or Fearsome Foes?

Sun, 10/16/2022 - 22:00

Spiders are among my favorite urban neighbors. They’re flashy, charismatic, and they’re everywhere. Spiders also evoke a range of emotions and thoughts from their human cohabitants. If you see one in your house do you squish it? Do you capture it gently and relocate it? Do you run away screaming? Do you get excited and … Continue reading Urban Spiders – Fuzzy Friends or Fearsome Foes? →

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