US cityscapes show consistent patterns of 'urban evolution'
Most people think of city landscapes as simpler, diminished versions of the wild forests and free-flowing streams found in remote places. But in a series of studies published Sept. 10, 2014 in a special issue ...
Human traffic threatens urban forests
A study investigating the affect of recreational trails in endangered urban forests has found that their expansiveness and unmethodical planning is increasing fragmentation and impacting biodiversity.
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 ...
Arnhem plants the world's first 'urban climate tree'
Arnhem has planted the world's first ever stadsklimaatboom ('urban climate tree') in the Sonsbeekkwartier. This district is experiencing serious heat problems, which are known as the 'urban heat island effect'. ...
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.
Pennsylvanians less likely than New Yorkers to view fracking negatively
The word "fracking" evokes negative reactions from two out of three New Yorkers, but from fewer than half of Pennsylvania residents, according to a University of Michigan poll.
Urbanization is good for pests, bad for trees
My wife is from a neighborhood outside Baltimore called Lawyers Hill. This is where, in the 18th century, lawyers (and I assume doctors and other gentlemen) had country houses and could escape the summer ...