You can have outdoor fun in the COVID era, but keep your distance

Summer message from a health expert: Go outside and play, but don’t forget about COVID.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 19, 2020 ~8 min

Parks matter more than ever during a time of sickness – something Frederick Law Olmsted understood in the 19th century

Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of many great North American city parks, understood that ready access to nature made cities healthier places to live.

Richard leBrasseur, Assisant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director, Green Infrastructure Performance Lab, Dalhousie University • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

Even during COVID-19, ‘nature is a necessity’

The COVID-19 crisis highlights why cities should invest in green space, says Marc Berman. "Nature is not an amenity—it's a necessity."

Jack Wang- U. Chicago • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Has dinosaur DNA been found? An expert explains what we really know

Scientists claim to have found DNA in fossilised dinosaur cartilage.

Michael J. Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~6 min

Wildness in parks can make you feel better

When it comes to getting a boost from parks, not all experiences of nature are the same. New research shows wildness is key.

U. Washington • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Four out of 5 Americans live in cities, so urban planning can make a big difference in our lifestyles – especially if it promotes healthy diets and physical activity.

John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Feb. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Oddly shaped parks cut mortality risk for nearby residents

The shape of parks may be key to getting the most out of them, according to a new study that shows irregularly shaped parks cut mortality risk.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Nov. 27, 2019 ~2 min

Researcher analyzes effects of climate change on productivity

Environmental and developmental economist Patrick Behrer is tracking the health effects of working in an extremely hot environment and the ripple effects on the economy.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Nov. 1, 2019 ~8 min

City parks are only as good as the trip to get there

Walkability, not proximity, determines how much people enjoy their local park, research suggests.

U. Arizona • futurity
Aug. 2, 2019 ~5 min