Thirsty cities need a human/nature infrastructure combo

In cities growing in both size and thirst across the globe, sustainability is constrained by the gray of dams and water treatment facilities. In this week's Nature Sustainability, research by Michigan State University scientists ...

Rethinking resilience in the face of climate change

By the time Hurricane Ida hit Philadelphia in early September, it had already dropped massive rainfall on parts of the Gulf Coast. As the storm continued north, record-breaking downpours in New York City led to extensive ...

Rewilding cities: grow back greener, cleaner and healthier

One of the lasting legacies of COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps, is our increased appreciation of open green spaces across towns and cities. Those of us living in bustling cities, have experienced, to various extents, the power ...

Better planning can reduce the urban heat island effect

In his Ph.D. thesis, EPFL researcher Martí Bosch proposes a method for spatially quantifying the impact of mitigation measures—planting green spaces and using different building materials—on the urban heat island effect.

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