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Public Engagement in Preserving Green Spaces. With more than 30% of London’s land surface designated green, public engagement in preserving green spaces is crucial.

Public Engagement in Preserving Green Spaces

Having moved from town to countryside two years ago has made me realise I’d been missing out on having easy and daily access to green, open spaces and the benefits they bring. To go ‘for a walk’ we had to get in the car and drive for at least 30 minutes. Urban green space cooling effect in cities. Sustainability 10 00985. Urban health - Reviewing the health impact and effectiveness of urban green space interventions. Hospital grounds reimagined greenspace final report and toolkit. Silk Road Corridor.

5 careers to fight global warming - Careers with STEM. Back on November 30th, when thousands of high school students across Australia joined forces to call for more action on climate change, we were cheering them on all the way.

5 careers to fight global warming - Careers with STEM

However, our politicians weren’t always as enthusiastic – maybe they were a little stung by some of those pun-tastic protest signs the students were wielding. Our Federal Resources Minister, Matt Cavanan, even went as far to disparage the future career prospects of these passionate climate activists, saying: “The best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue.” Sorry Mr Cavanan, but we have a pretty different vision for the career prospects of today’s high school climate activists!

That’s because understanding the causes, and preventing or dealing with impacts of climate change add up to some of the biggest challenges our society is set to face – with endless career options for those wanting to make a difference. 1. 2. 3. 4. Climate Change Is Becoming a Top Threat to Biodiversity. Australia's Native Food Plants: Towards a Sustainable Future. Vitamin "G"arden: a qualitative study exploring perception/s of horticultural therapy on a palliative care ward. - PubMed - NCBI. Biodiversity in the city: key challenges for urban green space management - Aronson - 2017 - Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Biodiversity in the City: Fundamental Questions for Understanding the Ecology of Urban Green Spaces for Biodiversity Conservation.

Green space – how much is enough, and what's the best way to deliver it? Using Green Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands. Green roofs have been proven to help reduce heat islands.

Using Green Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands

This page provides a brief overview of the role of green roofs in mitigating the heat island effect, including green roof types, other environmental and social benefits, and cost-benefit considerations. A green roof, or rooftop garden, is a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop. Green spaces and corridors in urban areas — Climate-ADAPT. Recent studies have highlighted the importance of boosting green urban areas and connecting fragments of green space with ecological corridors to improve biodiversity and animal species dispersal within the urban landscape.

Green spaces and corridors in urban areas — Climate-ADAPT

If adequately designed, green corridors can improve urban ventilation, allowing for cooler air from outside to penetrate into the more densely built areas, and reducing thus the urban heat island effect. Urban green areas can also have positive effects for human health and climate change adaptation. The capacity of vegetation to retain water is an important flood prevention feature that can reduce peak discharges.. Green spaces in cities can also provide cooling through shading and enhanced evapotranspiration, thus reducing the heat island effect that occurs in many cities. Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN. The world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nation’s biodiversity chief.

Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN

Ahead of a key international conference to discuss the collapse of ecosystems, Cristiana Pașca Palmer said people in all countries need to put pressure on their governments to draw up ambitious global targets by 2020 to protect the insects, birds, plants and mammals that are vital for global food production, clean water and carbon sequestration. “The loss of biodiversity is a silent killer,” she told the Guardian. “It’s different from climate change, where people feel the impact in everyday life. With biodiversity, it is not so clear but by the time you feel what is happening, it may be too late.” Pașca Palmer is executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity – the world body responsible for maintaining the natural life support systems on which humanity depends. “Things are moving. Hospital grounds reimagined greenspace final report and toolkit. Healthy Active by Design.

Reviewing the health impact and effectiveness of urban green space interventions. Project - Hainan Cancer Hospital. Urban green space, public health, and environmental justice: The challenge of making cities ‘just green enough’ Urban heat island: AB32 scoping plan. Urban heat island: Clean air act. What is green space worth? Greening the West: Tackling Melbourne's Health Ills and Water Shortage with One Program. 18 August 2014 In order to tackle the recent Victorian drought, councils around the state implemented various water saving programs and restrictions on water usage.

Greening the West: Tackling Melbourne's Health Ills and Water Shortage with One Program

The majority proved successful, but as suburbs continued to save water on the whole, there was a side effect that had some unexpected repercussions. Due to a reduction in irrigation, public spaces such as parks suffered most from the redirection and conservation of water. Lacking the water to nourish them, these once lush public spaces soon turned brown and barren. And as temperatures soared over the unusually warm summers, people were less inclined to utilise them – or even care if they were thriving or not. Vertical Forests: The Benefits & Beauty - GreenBlue Urban. Stefano Boeri Architects, a Milan-based urban planning firm, presented their home city with a world-renowned concept demanding careful analysis.

Vertical Forests: The Benefits & Beauty - GreenBlue Urban

Officially opened in October of 2014, Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) won the International Highrise Award in November 2014. A year later, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) selected Bosco Verticale as the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide”. Greening the West: Tackling Melbourne's Health Ills and Water Shortage with One Program. What is green space worth? Environmental groups fear 20 per cent of open space will be lost in NSW. Wayne Olling at the Shanes Park Woodland, a site set aside by the State Government for protection and part of which is now under threat of a new highway.

Environmental groups fear 20 per cent of open space will be lost in NSW

Photo: Steven Siewert Follow more Sydney news on Facebook NSW councils have sold, developed or reclassified more than 20 per cent of public urban open space in the past decade​, a figure state environmental groups are labelling as a "crisis point". ​ The Georges River Corridor, the Cumberland Conservation Corridor, the Shanes Park Woodlands and bushland at the site of the new hospital at Frenchs Forest are some of the 39 open spaces under threat, says the Total Environment Centre.​ Where_are_all_the_trees. Childrens Biophilia. Lack of fair access to urban green spaces.

People with higher incomes and more education tend to have greater access to urban green spaces than their less privileged neighbours, a new University of British Columbia study of parks and greenery in 10 major North American cities has found.

Lack of fair access to urban green spaces

The study examined census data and highly detailed aerial imagery in 10 major cities -- Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and St. Louis. It compared the amount of vegetation and parkland available to residents in their home neighbourhoods with socioeconomic indicators like income, education, or racial background. "Vegetation keeps our cities cool, improves air quality, reduces storm water runoff and reduces stress -- it makes a huge difference in citizens' well-being," said lead author Lorien Nesbitt, a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow in the department of forest resources management at UBC's faculty of forestry.

Environmental Benefits of Green Space – Project Evergreen. Green spaces are a great benefit to our environment.

Environmental Benefits of Green Space – Project Evergreen

They filter pollutants and dust from the air, they provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and they even reduce erosion of soil into our waterways. These are just a few of the environmental benefits that green spaces provide. Urban advantages. More green space within a city’s boundaries can improve the urban environment. Effects of Urban Green Space on Environmental Health, Equity and Resilience. This section summarizes the available epidemiological evidence of health benefits linked to green space through pathways which were discussed in the previous section. It is important to note that each pathway can lead to more than one health benefit, and that different pathways can also contribute to the same benefit. For example, cardiovascular benefits can be caused by enhanced physical activity, improved mental restoration leading to reduced chronic stress, and by reduced exposure to air pollution and noise. 11.3.1 Improved Mental Health and Cognitive Function. How Landscape Architecture Mitigates the Urban Heat Island Effect - Land8.

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane hottest suburbs: Health impacts of urban heat islands. Vast tracts of Australia’s major cities are unnecessarily overheating leading to a potential health crisis for residents. VCCCAR Urban Heat Island WEB. A Drawback to Urban Green Spaces - The New York Times.