Tag Archives: cities

Are crowded cities good for the environment?

With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, it seems safe to say that pavement is in, and in a big way. Ecologically speaking, that may be good news—at least in theory. Dense areas like Manhattan and Hong Kong can help contend with the perils of global warming through lower per-capita energy […] … learn more→

Food is ‘the great convenor

“Cities can’t exist without farms,” says Mark Bomford, the newly appointed director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project. A Canadian transplant, Bomford comes to Yale from the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he honed his vision of making a university the standard-bearer for raising the food consciousness of a growing population of city dwellers […] … learn more→

Rivers may aid climate control in cities

Planners could make greater use of urban waterways to regulate environmental temperature in our cities, according to research presented recently. Speaking at the Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas (URSULA) Conference, in Sheffield, Dr Abigail Hathway, of the University of Sheffield, will demonstrate how rivers can cool their local environment. Urban areas suffer increased […] … learn more→

Relief from \”parking wars\”

For those who live or work in cities, parking is a major source of stress and frustration. Researchers estimate that for every 110 vehicles circulating on the roads looking for spaces, there are 100 available spots, both in lots and on the street. Now Nadav Levy, a Ph.D. student at Tel Aviv University\’s Porter School […] … learn more→