Atmospheric turbulence keeps the countryside cooler than urban areas on summer days
When a team of researchers wanted new insights into why cities tend to be much warner than surrounding areas, they turned to a specialized and increasingly powerful piece of software that simulates urban ...
Visiting a park could save your life, scientists say
City dwellers should visit parks more often and take advantage of this free and easy way to boost their physical and mental health, environmental scientists have urged.
Greener cities are cooler cities in summer: new guide reveals how
Australian councils are being urged to take up new guidelines in green urban planning to create cooler cites with greener landscapes to reduce the risk of heat stress.
The female of the species is harder to please than the male
Female bats are fussier than males when it comes choosing where to eat in urban areas, according to new research from the University of Stirling.
High ant diversity underfoot in urban environments
Cities have more species diversity than you'd expect. A study of ants in Manhattan found not only a wide range of species, but also significant differences in the levels of biodiversity in different urban ...
Making cities more accessible for everyone
Ron Buliung's interest in urban design initially started with his travels to Europe and India where he saw how different cities dealt with issues such as space, wealth, poverty, street life, congestion and ...
Building communities that aging people will continue living in
Japan has faced the social issues of a decreasing population and population aging for quite some time. For example, it is important to consider residential policy for regional cities in an integrated manner ...
City life key to harlequin ladybird invasion
A new paper published in the Journal of Biogeography today concludes that the harlequin ladybird, an invasive alien species first recorded in the UK in 2004, has a preference for urban areas and sunnier habita ...
Designing future cities
A hundred years ago, one out of every five people lived in urban areas. By 2050, that number will balloon to over four out of five.
How to control the cats that are eating our wildlife
Feral domestic cats are a global threat to biodiversity and were recently named as the biggest threat to endangered Australian mammals.
Researchers suggest reforestation around urban areas to reduce ozone levels
Orb-weaving spiders living in urban areas may be larger
A common orb-weaving spider may grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, according to a study published August 20, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Eli ...
Promising new approach enables efficient, automatic mapping of urban areas from night lights
From far above the Earth, a satellite's view of nighttime lights reveals the globe's most populous urban areas. A new method maps urban areas using the night sky light intensity measured by those satellites; ...
Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa
Three babies who died from drinking tap water contaminated by sewage have become a tragic symbol of South Africa's struggle to cope with a flood of people into cities designed under apartheid to cater to ...