Homes are flooding outside FEMA's 100-year flood zones, and racial inequality is showing through

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.

Kevin T. Smiley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities poverty flooding hurricanes natural-disasters fema urban floodplains hurricane-harvey

Urban farming: four reasons it should flourish post-pandemic

Nurturing enthusiasm for growing food closer to home could benefit people, wildlife and the global food system.

Jess Davies, Chair Professor in Sustainability, Lancaster University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: food sustainable-food community-gardens urban-farming urban-agriculture grow-your-own allotments

How racism and classism affect natural ecosystems

Scientists find inequality between humans also harms the birds, the bees, the microbes and the trees.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity inequality racism indigenous-people urban-ecology

Biodiversity loss could be making us sick – here's why

Rich and diverse microbiomes in our local environment are important for keeping us healthy.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity microbiome gut-microbiome disease urban-life germs urban-biodiversity indoor-microbial-ecology

Does ride-sharing substitute for or complement public transit?

In the Chinese city of Chengdu, one-third of ride-sharing might replace public transit trips.

Gavin Choo | Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
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

With fewer cars on US streets, now is the time to reinvent roadways and how we use them

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.

Kevin J. Krizek, Professor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cars urban-planning transportation roads traffic sustainable-cities postpandemic-future traffic-jam city-planning bicycles hoverboards

Why allotments offer urban oases for bees and butterflies

Urban green spaces can be a rich habitat for diverse pollinators, if they're managed properly.

Matthew Pound, Senior lecturer in Physical Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
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.

John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities covid-19 china immigrants informal-economy jobs new-york-city urban-policy farmers-markets postpandemic-future markets

Urban dwellers yearn for 'Good Life' allotments

Scientists estimate "lost allotments" in the UK could have provided 6% of the population with their "five-a-day" diet.

By Mark Kinver • bbcnews
June 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: urban-planning gardening

Four ways people stuck at home became armchair naturalists during lockdown

Citizen scientists have helped researchers track the changing environment during the pandemic.

Jordan Patrick Cuff, PhD Candidate in Biosciences, Cardiff University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus citizen-science air-pollution lockdown urban-wildlife spiders

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