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The Mystique of Urban Wildlife

Did you know you share your city with clever foxes, sweet hares and even wild boars? They use the same pathways through parks as you do, they know which containers offer the best (fast) food, and they are active in the very early morning hours or at night making their presence almost phantom-like. Yet, even if we never see wildlife, cities that place importance on green spaces, offer a rich and lively mosaic not only for the sake of human inhabitants but also for a lot of animals, giving us a sure sign of urban biodiversity.

The Thief in the Night…

CPH’s Green Spaces Network: Seed Activists Bring Biodiversity to the City

Urban sustainability probably sounds pretty good to your ears right? As a way to illustrate urban sustainability and one of it's offshoots, urban biodiversity, we present you with a story of Danish seed activists and how their activities promote urban sustainability, biodiversity and strengthen community bonds--We hope to convince you of the importance of activists like these for promoting sustainability in your city. Read on to found out what seed activists can do for your city!

What is Urban Biodiversity?

URBIA - URban Biodiversity In Action - Project Update

Application Deadline Extended: Applications Now Due May 11th--There's still time to apply!

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Making Livable Cities: Civic Engagement Wanted

The growth of cities around the world forces us to look deeper into the urban dynamics. This is of great importance considering the rate of daily global urban population growth, and with already more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas. This makes us wonder, how do we make the city livable for all these people?

Highlight of the Month: Green Spaces, Good Health

People around the world are living longer than ever before, and the majority of us do so in urban areas. Half of the world’s population lives in cities today, and with current urbanization rates, by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will reside in cities. For that reason, the emphasis on quality of life and health in these areas cannot be stressed enough.

Nature's Solutions For Urban Dwellers - The URBES Project

In Europe 75% of the total population lives in urban areas, and this figure is expected to increase in the years to come. The European URBES project aims to promote ecosystem services and biodiversity in our cities and raising awareness of the importance of urban green areas.

Greenland’s Minerals Potential: Big Dream or False Hope?

Just as a new Greenlandic coalition government was formed last December, Prime Minister and Siumut leader Kim Kielsen declared that mining would be the government’s highest priority to boost the country’s stagnant economy. However, declining global prices on minerals and environmental and social concerns threaten to make this ambition as hollow as the sound of dropping a stone in one of the many abandoned mine shafts.

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The Worldwatch Europe team is represented from Greenland to New Zealand, but there are always interesting sustainability news, projects and initiatives that never reach us.

With the help of our active team with expertise across the field of sustainability, we keep a careful eye on what there is to know about new ideas, initiatives and policy development, but there are limits to our reach.

Highlight of the Month: Green Is in the Air With New Wave of Divestments

While governments are waiting and debating, businesses are taking a lead in setting ambitious commitments, goals, and actions to tackle climate change. Last week several important developments in the battle for emissions reduction and addressing climate change challenges took place, coming from a somewhat unexpected direction.

What You Need to Know about Health and Environmental Impacts of Fracking

What can science support today when it comes to impacts of fracking on health and the environment? You might want to read on to find out as fracking is set to go global. Until now, the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil and gas extraction has, especially in the United States, outpaced scientific evidence of negative health and environmental impacts from use of this technology, causing a lag in more stringent regulations of its use.