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

Tags: cities parks science-and-technology well-being

How close you live to a city shapes your politics

The urban-rural poltiical divide in the United States may go back to where we live, and how many other people we live near, new research shows.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities politics united-states rural-communities society-and-culture identity voters

City ‘heat islands’ trick trees into thinking it’s spring

Trees in cities turn green earlier in the year due to the "heat island" effect. That matters for climate change, say researchers, as well as allergies.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Feb. 11, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: cities climate-change seasons trees plants temperature featured earth-and-environment

2B more people will likely live in cities by 2030

In 10 years, urban expansion into undeveloped land will destroy almost 112,000 square miles of natural habitat—an area larger than the United Kingdom.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: cities sustainability conservation biodiversity earth-and-environment land

The right city design can cut injuries on the road

Certain types of urban planning, with plenty of public transportation and low speed blocks, are best for reducing road injuries.

U. Melbourne • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: cities infrastructure transportation safety health-and-medicine vehicles

Some kinds of emissions cuts actually make air pollution worse

Despite the benefites in dealing with air pollution, cuts in NOx emissions can lead to a boom in hazardous ultrafine particles, researchers say.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities climate-change pollution emissions health-and-medicine volatile-organic-compounds-voc

Land-use ‘mosaic’ is best for productivity and stability

When different kinds of land-use mix—including grassland, forest, urban areas, and bodies of water—the landscape is more productive and stable.

U. Zurich • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities climate-change biodiversity agriculture forests rural-communities earth-and-environment

Mineral-coated sand soaks up water pollution

A new kind of mineral-coated sand can suck up pollution in water, which could pave the way for cities using stormwater during dry seasons.

UC Berkeley • futurity
Jan. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities sand pollution water earth-and-environment

Jobs that need people skills are the most recession-proof

Jobs that focus on cognitive and people skills are more resistant to economic recession than jobs that rely on physical skills—and bounce back more quickly.

Jennifer French Giarratano-Georgia State • futurity
Dec. 19, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: cities economics jobs recession society-and-culture

More fungi live in urban homes than in jungle huts

City apartments have more varieties of fungi and more industrial chemicals than do rural and jungle homes, researchers find.

Neal Buccino-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cities skin microbiomes light housing fungus health-and-medicine

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