Cities

A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture

18th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Earth’s Future.  “Abstract: Though urban agriculture (UA), defined here as growing of crops in cities, is increasing in popularity and importance globally, little is known about the aggregate benefits of such natural capital in built-up areas. Here, we introduce a quantitative framework to assess global aggregate ecosystem services from existing… [more]

China’s ‘Sponge Cities’ Are Turning Streets Green to Combat Flooding

4th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Replacing concrete pavements with wetlands, green rooftops and rain gardens means stormwater is absorbed back into the land, making water work for the city instead of against it. A small part of Shanghai is turning greener, street by street. In the Lingang district, pavements are lined with… [more]

Green Infrastructure & Ecosystem Services – Is the Devil in the Detail?

18th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Annals of Botany. “Background Green infrastructure is a strategic network of green spaces designed to deliver ecosystem services to human communities. Green infrastructure is a convenient concept for urban policy makers, but the term is used too generically and with limited understanding of the relative values or benefits of different types… [more]

Greater London Authority Releases Natural Capital Account for London

24th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This report was prepared for the Greater London Authority, the National Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Executive Summary “Context: Londoners live in one of the greenest cities of its size in the world. They have access to an extensive network of public parks and green spaces, though this access varies locally. A greater understanding… [more]

Where Do Urban Animals Go When Their Habitats Disappear?

21st November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published in Citylab.  “A grove of five or six mature trees, some of them rising more than 50 feet into the air, once grew on a lot abutting our East Boston yard. In the summer, they shaded the cluster of five townhouses that wrapped around the grove. In the winter, we’d stare… [more]

Comprehending the Multiple ‘Values’ of Green Infrastructure – Valuing Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Water Management from Multiple Perspectives

15th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Environmental Research.  “Highlights:  We compare different attempts to evaluate the benefits of urban greening options. Economic valuations of different hypothetical development scenarios are reported. Two schemes incorporating Nature Based Solutions were assessed for viability. Developer profits were reduced despite residents’ willingness to pay for greening. Developers are unlikely to… [more]