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Using Big Data and Citizen Science to Unravel Bees and the Environment

March 6, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Bees, Research and the Environment

If Josep Perelló is right about discovering the stories behind bees, Barcelona’s high-tech, citizen science-based urban bee project could soon have many interesting threads to follow. By bringing together honeybees, technology, and big data analysis he hopes to uncover bees’ complex and often mysterious behavior.[read more]

Food Ecosystem: Greening up our Plates

February 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Ecosystem, Food, and Diet

Every calorie of food we grow, harvest, ship, process, package, chill, cook, eat and throw away uses up resources from the environment: the soil and its nutrients, water, fertiliser, fuel, and so on. It also impacts on the environment by using its waste-absorbing systems.[read more]

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by The Global Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]

Natural Resources Drive Employment Growth in Canadian Cities

April 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Resources and Urban Jobs in Canada

I was reading Wendy Waters’ All About Cities blog this morning and I came across two interesting charts showing employment growth across Canadian cities. The first chart shows total employment growth over the last year and the second chart shows employment growth over the past 10 years.[read more]

DIY Tree Art

April 19, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Tree Art

For ages, trees have been a favorite subject of landscape painters. Their material has long provided substance for sculptors and crafters. Now, some contemporary artists are rediscovering the artistic effects that can be achieved with the humble tree. And these artists aren’t damaging the trees.[read more]

Climate Change Could Deprive Volta Basin of Water for Food Production

July 22, 2013 by Glenn Meyers

Volta Basin

A new study finds that so much water may be lost in the Volta River Basin due to climate change that planned hydroelectric projects to boost energy and food production may only tread water in keeping up with actual demand.[read more]

Conflict Over Cities' Natural Resources

June 23, 2013 by Polis International

Natural Resources Conflict

When thinking of conflicts over natural resources, we tend to think of rural resources. Natural resources permeate cities as well. They include street trees, parks, beaches, rivers and creeks.[read more]

California’s Population Problem?

January 31, 2012 by Patrick Lydon

Is reducing the population really the solution to solving the California's multiple crises? Patrick Lydon takes a look.[read more]

The Price of Sustainable Cities

May 18, 2011 by Moth Lubcke

Valid criticism for the four leading posts would have to include a level of redundancy. In fact, the more redundant the reader found them, the better. Such fundamental arguments, from my experience, seem to be discussed casually, if at all when sustainable planning is ever the agenda. Efficiency is demonised as an industrial tool for...[read more]


Efficiency is Truly Virtuous: Planning Prosperity

May 10, 2011 by Moth Lubcke

Unlike natural ecosystems, the constructed human ecosystem is one with the ability of proactive planning. This, one of my favourite remarks, should be a defining, almost virtuous, quality of our species, instilled in each of us from a young age: whereas the natural world is a brutal place that persists only through cut-throat genetic...[read more]

Putting a Price on Nature

April 12, 2011 by Tyler Caine

One of the reasons that sustainability measures can be so easily sidelined in our efforts of prioritization is that value of the contributions of natural systems or the liabilities of their predicted absence never factor into the bottom lines of our society. In a culture of buying and selling products, natural capital rarely makes it to...[read more]