Chris Ives, Melbourne
Every day, citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world (Bonney et al., 2014). They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little … Continue Reading
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Story notes: Cities face many challenges with competing solutions: climate change, economic inequality, lack of access to resources and opportunities, and social and political conflict. Can we plan and design for outcomes that serve nature, provide nature-based solutions to real urban problems, and support human rights? Toni … Continue Reading
Rob Pirani, New York
A review of Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor, Revised Edition. John Waldman. Fordham University Press. November. 2012. ISBN: 9780823249855. 160 Pages. 38 Black and White Illustrations
New York Harbor is a murky place by nature. The mixing of … Continue Reading
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona
Once you start talking about bees, you open Pandora’s box…You’ll find small and very delicate stories behind them. Each one is interesting.
— Josep Perelló, associate professor and project leader of … Continue Reading
Steven Handel, New Brunswick
Hello. Come in. What’s on your mind? Why have you come to chat with me?
“We have such different backgrounds”
Ecologists’ interest start with an exploration of the natural world, its … Continue Reading
Naomi Tsur, Jerusalem
While it is undoubtedly true that thousands of cities around the world share a wide spectrum of common denominators, from garbage to biodiversity, from air pollution to sophisticated bike-path networks, … Continue Reading
Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
India is on a rapid path to urbanisation. While currently only 30% of India’s population lives in cities, this is changing rapidly. Plans have been recently announced to build 100 … Continue Reading
Urban water fronts have typically been sites of heavy development and often are sites of pollution or exclusive access. But they have enormous potential benefits. How can we unlock these benefits for everyone? Are there ecological vs. social vs. economic tradeoffs?
Do urban green corridors “work”? It depends on what we want them to do. What ecological and/or social functions can we realistically expect green corridors to perform in cities? What attributes define them, from a design and performance perspective?
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Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
Spurred on by some students who asked me earlier in the year what sort of personal activism I pursue in relation to my views around the importance of forwarding and …
Paul Downton, Adelaide
Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away
— William Hughes Mearns 1922
Learning to forget
When the …
Andrew Rudd, New York City
Ten years ago this month, in 2003, northeastern North America experienced the second most widespread blackout in history. That August evening, toward the end of my three-hour commute home on foot, …