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Mapping Public and Private Urban Agriculture in Chicago

October 10, 2012 - in Environment

Although always a part of city life, urban agriculture has recently attracted increased attention from diverse groups in the United States, which promote it as a strategy for stimulating economic development, increasing food security and access, and combatting…

Mobile OpenTreeMap Supports Urban Forestry Projects

September 27, 2012 - in Corporate, Environment

OpenTreeMap, an open source software project for collaborative, geography-enabled urban tree inventory, now enables smartphone and tablet access to public…

Sensordrone Wins Global Design Competition

September 26, 2012 - in Corporate, Environment

 The Sensordrone Tricorder Platform for Consumers and Mobile Device Developers is a key fob-sized device that includes multiple environmental sensors…

How Cities are Using Nature to Cut Pollution

August 26, 2012 - in Environment

Gray infrastructure is the system of pipes and ditches that channel storm water. Green infrastructure is the harnessing of the natural processes of trees and other vegetation — so-called ecosystem services — to carry out the functions of the built systems.…

Urban Trees Reveal Income Inequality

June 4, 2012 - in Environment

Research published a few years ago shows a tight relationship between per capita income and forest cover. The study’s authors tallied total forest cover for 210 cities over 100,000 people in the contiguous United States using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s…

Mapping a Lifetime of Health Risks

May 25, 2012 - in Environment

Geo-medicine is an emerging field that uses GIS mapping to correlate environmental conditions to health risks like heart attacks and cancer. Geo-medicine can zoom in on a patient’s life to create a geographically enhanced medical history. Or it can zoom…

Europe’s Future Depends on Cities Resilient to Climate Change

May 14, 2012 - in Environment, Projects

Around three quarters of Europeans live in cities. Most of Europe's wealth is generated in cities, and urban areas are particularly at risk due to climate change. Europe should seize the opportunity of improving quality of life while adapting to climate change…

Europe's Future Depends on Cities Resilient to Climate Change

May 14, 2012 - in Environment, Projects

Around three quarters of Europeans live in cities. Most of Europe's wealth is generated in cities, and urban areas are particularly at risk due to climate change. Europe should seize the opportunity of improving quality of life while adapting to climate change…

Ecosystem Management Must Consider Human Impact Too

May 8, 2012 - in Environment, Planning, Projects

For a long time, ecologists have believed—and others accepted—that when it comes to whether a land mass is covered with forests or grasslands, climate controls the show. They thought that the amount of rain, temperature and frequency of wildfires determine…

Geographers Measure Impact of Urban Ecosystems

May 8, 2012 - in Environment, Modeling, Projects

A team of scientists has produced an innovative new study of the environmental impact of major urban ecosystems, published in the April issue of the journal Ecological Applications. The team includes Joseph P. McFadden and Jennifer Y. King, both of UC Santa…