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Bringing the heat out of the city

Heat waves are increasing worldwide—and that includes Switzerland. Cities in particular suffer as a result: the temperature difference between city and countryside can amount to several degrees. A new water tunnel at Empa ...

dateJun 18, 2018 in Energy & Green Tech
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Urban agriculture—Europe's untapped potential

By 2050, two thirds of the world's population will live in urban areas, according to the United Nations. The shift away from rural living creates challenges for food security, the environment and people's well-being.

dateJun 11, 2018 in Environment
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City fish evolve different body forms than country fish

A North Carolina State University study examining the effects of urbanization on the evolution of fish body shape produced both expected and surprising results: One fish species became more sleek in response to urbanization, ...

dateApr 27, 2018 in Ecology
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