Straight to the source of drinking water
Aug17

Straight to the source of drinking water

A key aspect of managing demand for water is ensuring populations use their existing water supplies as efficiently as possible before plans are made to expand supplies through financially costly water transfer schemes. However, ensuring access to good quality water can be a challenge due to economic as well as domestic activities impacting the quality of surface and groundwater supplies. To avoid having to develop new water supplies...

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A green urban transportation future
Jul28

A green urban transportation future

Globally, the transportation sector, which includes the movement of people and goods by cars, trucks, trains, ships, airplanes and other vehicles, is one of the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG): Transportation produces around 23% of global GHG emissions from fuel combustions and is one of the fastest growing consumers of fossil fuels and the fastest growing source of GHG emissions. Energy consumption and GHG...

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Ethics and the Environment – Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic
Jul01

Ethics and the Environment – Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching – even when doing the wrong thing is legal” Aldo Leopold In the face of climate change, human beings have many decisions to contend with. One such decision is to continue on our current path of business-as-usual, ignoring the science and consequences of climate change or to act now by mitigating or adapting to the issues at stake. If humans take...

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Frankfurt’s GreenBelt acting as a green lung
Mar18

Frankfurt’s GreenBelt acting as a green lung

Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading green cities with: 52% of its space green; 160,000 trees lining its streets and spaces; and 40 parks and 50 lakes for recreation and outdoor enjoyment. One of the standout features – recognized by UN HABITAT II as a positive example of sustainable urban development – is the city’s GreenBelt that acts as a ‘green lung’. Frankfurt’s GreenBelt The GreenBelt’s 8,000 hectares cover a third of the...

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Melbourne’s urban forest of the future
Jan21

Melbourne’s urban forest of the future

The City of Melbourne’s urban forests are facing multiple challenges to their survival from climate change, population growth and urban heating. Over the next 20 years the city will experience a changing climate with higher average temperatures and more frequent and intense droughts and storm events. Already the city’s urban forest is under stress from droughts and long periods of water restrictions triggering irreversible decline:...

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Reducing the costs of land degradation from agriculture
Dec09

Reducing the costs of land degradation from agriculture

Over the past two centuries, humans have converted or modified 70% of the world’s grasslands, 50% of the savannah, 45% of temperate forests and 27% of tropical forests for farming and grazing activities. Today, of the 13 billion hectares of ice-free land in the world, 46% is used by agriculture and forestry, of which 52% is considered moderately or severely affected by soil degradation. Over the past 20 years alone global croplands...

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