Scientists have found the number of animals moved to make way for building projects far outnumber science-led relocations to recover populations The relocation of animals to make way for land development rarely succeeds and could be driving some...
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By Christopher Swope, Cityscope: "This week’s Citiscope innovation feature story looks at the ways Singapore fosters connections to nature in a dense urban environment. This is a subject Timothy Beatley knows a lot about. Beatley is the founder of the Biophilic Cities Network, a global group of cities that each in its own way is working at making nature a bigger part of the urban experience.
"Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He’s also written or co-authored more than 15 books on cities and sustainability including Biophilic Cities. His most recent book came out last July. It’s called Blue Urbanism, and it explores the connections between cities and the sea."
Inside a city that works hard at keeping the jungle in "urban jungle."
by Grace Chua:
"SINGAPORE — When it comes to discovering plant and animal species, this densely packed metropolis of more than 5 million people is full of surprises.
"A year ago, a slender woody tree known as Alangium ridleyi, which was believed to have been lost to development, was discovered hiding in plain sight in the middle of Singapore’s heavily visited Botanic Gardens. (A dry spell triggered the tree to put out its small and delicate yellow flowers.)
"Then in May, researchers found a species of shrub brand-new to science called Hanguana neglecta, a shin-high spray of blade-like leaves. It was spotted right beside a footpath in a nature reserve."
Singapore's commitment to biodiversity is outstanding.
The harvesting of wood to meet the heating and cooking demands for billions of people worldwide has less of an impact on global forest loss and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than previously believed, according to a new Yale-led study.
Cutting and replanting trees eliminates old trees that are required by some animal species. Must remember the sixth mass extinction is underway.
Why should we even take the chance of placing such a valuable resource, and the established economy that depends on it, under threat of perpetual pollution?
Bob Ream: "Tintina is currently arguing that they will implement “21st Century technology” to prevent groundwater contamination. Mining companies say this every time for every mine, and they fail in keeping their promise virtually every time. Why should we even take the chance of placing such a valuable resource, and the established economy that depends on it, under threat of perpetual pollution?"