New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.
Sept. 24, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: cities poverty flooding hurricanes natural-disasters fema urban floodplains hurricane-harvey
Nurturing enthusiasm for growing food closer to home could benefit people, wildlife and the global food system.
Aug. 26, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: food sustainable-food community-gardens urban-farming urban-agriculture grow-your-own allotments
Scientists find inequality between humans also harms the birds, the bees, the microbes and the trees.
Aug. 19, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: biodiversity inequality racism indigenous-people urban-ecology
Rich and diverse microbiomes in our local environment are important for keeping us healthy.
Aug. 4, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: biodiversity microbiome gut-microbiome disease urban-life germs urban-biodiversity indoor-microbial-ecology
In the Chinese city of Chengdu, one-third of ride-sharing might replace public transit trips.
July 27, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: cities sustainability pollution development research transportation automobiles school-of-architecture-and-planning urban-studies-and-planning singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart
City streets were built to accommodate cars, but the COVID-19 pandemic has scrambled our transport needs. Many cities are moving to make streets more people-friendly and less car-centric.
July 21, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: cars urban-planning transportation roads traffic sustainable-cities postpandemic-future traffic-jam city-planning bicycles hoverboards
Urban green spaces can be a rich habitat for diverse pollinators, if they're managed properly.
July 15, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: insects bees bumblebees pollination urban-wildlife honeybees urban-biodiversity
Street vendors make cities livelier, safer and fairer – here's why they belong on the post-COVID-19 urban scene
After trying to remove street vendors from its cities for years, China is supporting them to help jump-start its economy. An urban scholar explains why other cities should do the same.
July 8, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: cities covid-19 china immigrants informal-economy jobs new-york-city urban-policy farmers-markets postpandemic-future markets
Citizen scientists have helped researchers track the changing environment during the pandemic.
June 17, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus citizen-science air-pollution lockdown urban-wildlife spiders
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