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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

February 5, 2017
New Report Clarifies Role of Trees in Ecosystem Services
Horticulture Week

A research report just published by the Forestry Commission offers new insight into the specific roles which trees play within the wider range of ecosystem services provided by green space in town and cities.

February 2, 2017
Choking While Trying To Be a ‘Smart City’
BW Smart Cities

Solar City Plan is a step towards creating energy-efficient cities. However, will smart cities be smart enough to be liveable under the dread of rising air pollution?

4 Myths Americans Need to Know About Water
Next City

Americans’ limited ability to “see” the water problem is due to four prevailing water myths, all of which support and perpetuate the colonization of water.

How To Better Plan Our Cities to Utilize Stormwater
News Deeply

We are finally learning that stormwater can be an asset to communities but now we need to make some urban planning and engineering changes to take advantage of it, writes architect Rinaldo Veseliza.

NYC Pension System to Analyze Carbon Footprint
Reuters

New York City’s $170.6 billion pension system will analyze its carbon footprint for the first time amid concerns of potential investment risks from companies that fail to adapt to climate change, its custodian said in a statement on Thursday.

Green ‘Ribbons’ Planned For Downtown L.A. Park
Inhabitat

The urban design firm Brooks + Scarpa has unveiled their vision for Los Angeles’s future FAB Civic Center Park, which includes a two-acre tree-filled expanse and an events center covered with undulating strips of green turf.

February 1, 2017
Will Houston Beef Up Flood Control Rules?
Houston Chronicle

Mayor Sylvester Turner has said drainage will be a key focus of his this year, and has rolled out two recent flood control announcements: a quick-fix program and a new financing deal for the ongoing Brays Bayou project.

January 31, 2017
Data Tool Makes Rain Gardens More Effective
Wisconsin State Farmer

On the surface, it seems both easy and obvious: If you’re living in an area that’s struggling with storm water runoff issues, just add in some green infrastructure and voila! Runoff problems solved or at least reduced. But the reality’s not nearly that simple.

Water, Sanitation Innovations to Transform Urban Slums
Citiscope

An international consortium led by Australia’s Monash University will begin a research project that could provide the blueprint for ecologically and economically sustainable water and sanitation solutions for the more than one billion people living in urban slums.

January 30, 2017
Actually, the Romans Invented Sustainable Urbanism
CityMetric

In any debate on new construction in our urban centres you are likely to hear phrases like sustainable urban planning, adaptive reuse and recycling heritage – so much so that anyone would be forgiven for thinking that these were modern concerns.

Auto Dealers Want Trump To Loosen Emissions Rules
The Hill

At the group’s annual meeting in New Orleans, leaders and members of the National Automobile Dealers Association argued that the greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules from the EPA and Department of Transportation make cars too expensive, Reuters reported.

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