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Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed. Billions of people in cities around the world are exposed to dangerous air, but pollution levels vary widely – and the fast-growing cities of Asia and Africa are the worst affected.

Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed

AIR up your life english. ChoiceMaps by Walk Score. Pursuit by The University of Melbourne. By Dr Daryl Holland Who doesn’t want their house, apartment or office to be – literally – greener?

Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

Green walls (or vertical gardens) and roofs were once seen as just a yuppie fad – a novel building addition that might get you a few extra points for your outdoor area on The Block or bragging rights on your latest five star green building. But as developers and the public recognise the environmental, health, and economic benefits, and urban planners look for new ways to increase green space in our increasingly over-developed city centres, green infrastructure is going mainstream. Many people see the benefits and long for a piece of the action, but get stuck at the first hurdle.

Where do I start? University of Melbourne researchers worked with government and industry groups to produce the Growing Green Guide, which is giving people the tools they need to incorporate green infrastructure into their buildings. Pursuit by The University of Melbourne. By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne Our cities are literally making us sick.

Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

We are sitting in worsening traffic jams, breathing in car fumes, living in isolated suburbs with no shops or services to walk or cycle to, and spending hours travelling to work because jobs are concentrated in unaffordable inner city areas. The way we are planning our cities is causing a host of preventable health problems, from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases to diabetes and stress. Cities and nature working together for clean air. By Dr Andi Horvath From the incredible flying fish whose modified pectoral fins allow it to glide up to 70km/h to a wriggling salmon jumping upstream – why do fish choose to leave water?

Cities and nature working together for clean air

University of Melbourne fish ecologist Associate Professor Stephen Swearer gives us six reasons. Architects and investors hope to revolutionise apartment living in Melbourne. Across the globe, says architect Jeremy McLeod, there is a fantastic culture of living in apartments.

Architects and investors hope to revolutionise apartment living in Melbourne

Green buildings make you work smarter and sleep sounder, study reveals. People working in green buildings think better in the office and sleep better when they get home, a new study has revealed.

Green buildings make you work smarter and sleep sounder, study reveals

The research indicates that better ventilation, lighting and heat control improves workers’ performance and could boost their productivity by thousands of dollars a year. It also suggests that more subjective aspects, such as beautiful design, may make workers happier and more productive. An increasing number of green buildings are being constructed by developers as the cost and health benefits become better known, but this the first study to show such buildings can make their occupants brainier. To Fight Pollution, China Is Building Vertical Forests.

China is no stranger to the impacts of pollution.

To Fight Pollution, China Is Building Vertical Forests

We’ve spent years watching headline after headline about water and air pollution relating to their booming economy. But now, China is getting their act together, creatively thinking of ways to decrease their pollution. One of those ideas is the vertical forest. Picture a skyscraper but covered in trees – that’s the idea of the vertical forest.

When complete, they will contain 1,100 trees, 23 different types of trees, and produce about 132 pounds of oxygen per day. The impact of working in a green certified building on cognitive function and health. Open Access Highlights 26.4% higher cognitive test scores in high-performing, green certified buildings. 6.4% higher Sleep Quality scores in high-performing, green certified buildings. 30% fewer symptoms in high-performing, green certified buildings.

The impact of working in a green certified building on cognitive function and health

Thermal comfort and sleep quality associated with higher cognitive scores. “Buildingomics”: the totality of factors in buildings that influence health. Associations of Cognitive Function Scores with Carbon Dioxide, Ventilation, and Volatile Organic Compound Exposures in Office Workers: A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments. Home - Victorian Ecoinnovation Lab (VEIL) Catalyst: Future Cities - ABC TV Science. The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne project is investigating the potential to transform Melbourne’s roofs, walls and facades into vegetated, leafy habitats. Melbourne seeks greener future with greener buildings. Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s southern state of Victoria is looking at a greener option for its city buildings and homes through creating green roofs, walls and facades.

Melbourne seeks greener future with greener buildings

This comes with the recent release of the first draft of the comprehensive guide on the construction of such facilities to help combat the effect of a changing climate. “These guidelines offer innovative means of cooling buildings and the environment, while also increasing live-ability, so that our city can blossom with green infrastructure into the future” City of Melbourne Environment Councilor, Arron Wood said. Pursuit by The University of Melbourne. Vertical Forest: An Urban Treehouse That Protect Residents from Air and Noise Pollution. © Beppe Giardino A potted forest of trees and branching steel beams disguise this 5-story apartment building in Turin, Italy.

Vertical Forest: An Urban Treehouse That Protect Residents from Air and Noise Pollution

Designed by Luciano Pia, 25 Verde brings plants up off the ground in an attempt to evade Turin’s homogeneous urban scene and integrate life into the facade of the residential building. The undulating structure creates a transition from outdoors to in, holding 150 trees that absorb close to 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour. This natural absorption brings pollution protection to its residents, helping to eliminate harmful gasses caused by cars and harsh sounds from the bustling streets outside. The trees’ seasonal progression also creates the ideal microclimate inside the building, steadying temperature extremes during the cold and warmer months. Brent Toderian sur Twitter : "5 things you learn about the connection between happiness & urban design from @thehappycity:

The urban environment. TESConnections. An international interdisciplinary program is bridging together doctoral researchers from fields as diverse as religious studies and hydrology to advance sustainable water management for developing Asian cities. Professor Rebekah Brown and Professor Ana Deletic are co-leading a Monash University Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program (GRIP) that involves a doctoral training partnership between the arts and engineering faculties, the Monash Sustainability Institute and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. The GRIP was launched in February 2015 and comprises an international cohort of researchers from Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia and the Netherlands.

Urp-rm10-mead-et-al-2006.pdf. Victorian Council of Social Service. Commercial Real Estate & Green Buildings in New York City. In good news for green building across Kings County, Brooklyn has placed fourth on a recent list of cities ranked by square footage of green roofs. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (“GRHC”) recently released the results of its 2007 Green Roof Survey, which collects data on the size, composition, and location of green roofs in North America. Sydney heatwave: city uses more water in a day than any time in past 14 years. Sydney residents have soaked up more water in one day than they have on any other day in more than a decade after enduring sweltering conditions.

With temperatures hovering around 35C in the city and 40C in the west, demand for water on Sunday topped the peak of the past 14 years at 2.215bn litres – about 8.8bn glasses of water. It exceeded highest daily usage since 29 January 2003, when there was a demand for 2.273bn litres. The 54.5bn litres soaked up in total this January – an average of 1.76bn litres a day – was also 24% higher than in the same month last year, according to Sydney Water. It said in a statement that spikes in water usage were driven by external use such as watering gardens and asked residents to be mindful, particularly when watering gardens or washing vehicles.

But with temperatures cooling with southerly winds forecast on Monday afternoon, demand is expected to ease. India heatwave kills 1000 as roads melt. Could not load plugins: File not found Hundreds dead from Indian heat wave More than 500 people have died in India as a stifling heat wave saw temperatures rise above 47 degrees Celsius Hyderabad: More than 1000 people are now believed to have died in a major heatwave across India, that has seen roads melt in New Delhi and temperatures near 50 degrees.

India heatwave kills nearly 300 people. The Ugly Indian. Where the walls come alive: Graffiti in Bandra, Mumbai. Just off bustling Hill Road in Bandra, there are roads that lead you deep into an East Indian village. City Population - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts for Cities, Agglomerations and Administrative Divisions of all Countries of the World.

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto. Everyone waited for it to be taken down. 150 million views later, it's still up. Watch it here. I first heard about the documentary on Saturday morning. Why we'd be lost without the suburbs. Urban Agriculture Australia – Growing Ideas for Urban Spaces. Grattan Institute. The cities we need. Mumbai Skywalk Project - Wikipedia. Mumbai: Portion of skywalk collapses, one injured. Mumbai's rail lifeline a death trap for commuters. Veggies alongside railway tracks safe: Lab.

The CR had asked the laboratory to conduct the tests after several media reports raised concerns over the presence of heavy metals in vegetables grown along railway tracks. A recent report by a government accredited food testing laboratory has found that vegetables grown along railway tracks on Central Railway (CR), which are fed by water from storm water drains, are safe for human consumption. Mumbai Local Train Map: Veggies grown along tracks: HC notice to Centre, railways. Central Railways leases its land to employees for growing vegetables in Mumbai : OFFTRACK.

Imam Ali Shaikh, 45, comes in to supervise his vegetable farm at 9 a.m. every Saturday. I never realized how dumb our cities are until I saw what a smart one looks like. 27 Million Canadians live in urban areas 81% of the population. 'Carmageddon': 50-lane traffic jam in China causes chaos. Urban edge: connected cities of the future.

Braess' paradox. About the Olmsted Legacy - National Association for Olmsted Parks. Antilla – The $1 Billion SUPER Home In Mumbai, India. BangkokReport. 'IKEA on steroids': Flat-pack homes to bust Australia's housing shortage. Environomics Electromagnetic, Water, Mould and Air Audits. Uritrottoir - La mini-vespasienne sèche.