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Regaining Paradise Lost: Global Investments, Mega-Projects, and Seeds of Local Resistance to Polluted Floods in Belém
José Alexandre de Jesus Costa, Belém Vitor Martins Dias, Bloomington Pedro Paulo de Miranda Araújo Soares, Belém

People have lived in and around the Una Hydrographic Basin for as long as the city of Belém itself. Belém is the largest urban center...

Renaturing Malta through Collaborations for Nature-based Solutions
Mario Balzan, Valletta

With an area of just 316 Km2and a population of more than 475,000, Malta is the smallest member country of the European Union (EU). This...

Signs of Depressed Urban Economies
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

It has been raining all afternoon in Megali Sterna, a village in the north of Greece, and, from the empty and closed café we have...

Our goal is to empower cities to plan for a positive natural future. What is one specific action that should be taken to achieve this goal?
Graciela Arosemena, Panama City Marcus Collier, Dublin Marlies Craig, Durban Samarth Das, Mumbai Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires Sumetee Gajjar, Bangalore Gary Grant, London Eduardo Guerrero, Bogotá Fadi Hamdan, Beirut Scott Kellogg, Albany Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka Yvonne Lynch, Melbourne Emily Maxwell, New York Colin Meurk, Christchurch Ragene Palma, Manila Jennifer Rae Pierce, Vancouver Mary Rowe, Toronto Luis Sandoval, San José

(R)Evolution and Cities
Paul Downton, Melbourne

(This is a recasting of an essay of the same title recently published in the limited circulation Ecocity World newsletter) “You say you want a...

Tracking Biodiversity Around Us: You Can’t Care about What You Don’t Know
Leah Thorpe, Singapore Peta Thorpe, Singapore Olivia Tay, Singapore Lena Chan, Singapore

From early on as a family, we considered ourselves to be fairly knowledgeable about environmental issues, such as plastic pollution, deforestation, and global warming from...

Legacy as Visioning Tool: Urban Greening in Zagreb
Neven Tandaric, Nottingham Chris Ives, Nottingham

When we consider planning for green infrastructure, we typically think forward to what kind of city we might imagine for the future. Far less frequently...

Connecting Cities and Resources: UBHub Offers Map and Database of Hundreds of Urban Biodiversity Activities
Melissa Barton, Portland Jennifer Rae Pierce, Vancouver Mika Mei Jia Tan, Los Baños Juan de Dios Morales, Guayaquil

Cities that plan for biodiversity recognize the potential of healthy ecosystems to mitigate urban problems and enhance quality of life but, due to limited capacity,...

To Tree or Not to Tree? Or, Why Urban Trees Today?
Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

Urban trees and tree planting is like a contemporary urban planner’s holy grail—more trees means a better city, and better city assumedly means a better...

Sewage Eating Floating Islands: Operationalizing “Urban Ecosystem Justice”
Scott Kellogg, Albany

While the urban sustainability movement has had many successes over the past decades, the benefits have been disproportionately befitted affluent residents. This is partly on...

Walls that Talk: Green Fences in Kampala City
Buyana Kareem, Kampala

Walls that talk are not found in haunted houses or buildings but rather symbolic to the phenomenon of greening residential fences using organic plant species,...

Earthworms Can Awaken Us to Ecological Change
Toby Query, Portland

The soil is alive and there is a whole ecosystem waiting to be explored, right below our feet. Anywhere in the city, where there are...