Category: Urban

Cities Take Action on Climate and Nature

Written by | March 13th, 2014

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What are the challenges and solutions being used in cities to address water risks? A recent event bringing 300 leaders from more than 60 global cities offers a revealing snapshot, Conservancy blogger Adam Freed reports.

Greenways: The New Front Porch

Written by | February 18th, 2014

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The benefits of urban conservation projects are well known: clean water, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation. But blogger Paul Kingsbury found something unexpected while walking Nashville’s Greenways: community.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, January 29

Written by | January 29th, 2014

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Super Bowl sustainability, veggie vending machines, and the largest solar bridge ever in today’s green news.

  1. A Super Bowl first: Food scraps will be collected and composted at this year’s game!  (Mother Nature Network)
  2. Farmer’s Fridge, a vegetable vending machine company, is launching in Chicago, hoping to encourage more healthy eating by making it more convenient.  (Modern Farmer)
  3. London’s Blackfriars Bridge, which extends across the River Thames, has been covered in solar panels and will now provide up to half of the energy for London Blackfriars station, cutting its carbon emissions by 511 tons per year.  (Business Green)

The Green Buzz: Monday, January 13

Written by | January 13th, 2014

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Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news.

  1. “Let the Cows of Hope Live!” is the call of a rancher seeking to save cows turned radioactive after the Fukushima power plant disaster.  (NY Times)
  2. A West Virginia chemical spill, which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end.  (Huffington Post)
  3. Have US cities woken up to the value of urban wildlife?  Some say the changes taking place look like the start of an urban biodiversity movement.  (Yale Environment 360)

New Water Fund in Mexico for People and Nature

Written by | September 18th, 2013

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The launch of the Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund in Mexico is a great example of a triple win — a project that protects nature, meets people’s needs, and provides good returns on investment for businesses and governments.

A Thirst For Growth: Fueling China’s Urban Expansion

Written by | July 3rd, 2013

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As China grows to an urban population of 900 million people, the most critical thing it will have to get right is protecting its water supply, says the director of our Securing Water Program.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, July 3

Written by | July 3rd, 2013

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Before you head outdoors for the 4th of July, cool off with some green news.

  1. 2001-2010 will be known as the decade of climate extremes. (BBC)
  2. Watch: an incredible high-speed video of birds in flight. (Phys Org)
  3. Cool down with five natural air-conditioning designs inspired by nature. (National Geographic)
  4. How hip hop’s roots are traced back to urban parks. (Grist)
  5. A 200-year-old, 39-pound rockfish caught in Alaska. (Huffington Post)

The Green Buzz: Friday, June 21

Written by | June 21st, 2013

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Seeing as how today is the longest day of the year, you definitely have time to read up on some green news!

  1. How do you stop pollution in China? You won’t believe this extreme new idea. (Reuters)
  2. Urban forests help save at least one person from dying every year. (Grist)
  3. Everything you need to know about Sunday’s Supermoon. (Huffington Post)
  4. 25,000 bumble bees found dead in Oregon. Are pesticides to blame? (Discovery News)
  5. It’s not everyday you see a galaxy in the shape of a penguin! (National Geographic)

Nature’s Code: Seeing The Forest Through The Trees

Written by | June 20th, 2013

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Could you leave the city-life and live in a forest full-time? Thomas Backlund shares his story of leaving his apartment and job to get closer to nature.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, June 19

Written by | June 19th, 2013

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We’ve all heard that bees are in decline, but this morning’s green news puts that in visual perspective.

  1. View pics: This is your grocery store without bees. (PR Newswire
  2. This new app will help you find the cleanest, safest beach. (MNN)
  3. Man feeds bear some bbq, bear attacks man, man charged. (Christian Science Monitor)
  4. The U.S. is considering exporting more oil for the first time since the 1970s. (Bloomberg)
  5. There are now more fish being farmed than there are cows. (New Scientist)
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