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Solutions to urban heat differ between tropical and drier climes

September 5, 2019

In summer heat, cities may swelter more than nearby suburbs and rural areas. And while the size of…
Green areas in cities have to be protected – they bring people happiness and life satisfaction

August 28, 2019

More and more people live in cities. Urbanization is a huge movement in today’s world. However, people don’t…
Study suggests trees are crucial to the future of our cities

March 27, 2019

The shade of a single tree can provide welcome relief from the hot summer sun. But when that…
Rates of social isolation vary by rurality and demographics

January 30, 2019

Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being recognized as urgent public health threats, with risks to health and…
City gardens could become a safety haven for pollinators

January 15, 2019

It is probably safe to say that most people would like more nature in their lives. More and…
Queen’s International Innovation Challenge

October 21, 2018

The Queen’s International Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for post-secondary students currently registered in an academic program to…
Metropolis in California to become a pilot city for automated driving

July 12, 2018

Bosch and Daimler are going to launch fully-automated, driverless driving at a major city in the Silicon Valley.…
Automated Driving in Cities: Daimler and Bosch select Nvidia AI platform for Drive Pegasus

July 11, 2018

Automated vehicles are complex computers on wheels. And they need even more computing power if they are to…
‘Lazy lawn mowers’ can help support suburban biodiversity

March 21, 2018

Homeowners concerned about the decline of bees and other pollinating insects need look no further for solutions than…
Raspberry Pi: Using taxies to monitor air quality in Peru

November 7, 2017

When James Puderer moved to Lima, Peru, his roadside runs left a rather nasty taste in his mouth.…
Higher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee safety

August 15, 2017

Higher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee fewer nonviolent crimes in Houston neighborhoods, according to a new report from…
Crank the AC, cut in-car pollution

August 11, 2017

For many, the commute to and from work is a lengthy, stressful process. According to the U.S.  Census…
5 Ways Cities Will Improve Because of Big Data

August 3, 2017

Big data is changing the way we do just about everything, so it is no surprise that it…
Every tree counts – you can’t imagine how important trees are for weather in the cities

August 1, 2017

People love green cities. Trees seem to bring some nature into a somewhat cold and lifeless environment of…
Birds versus buildings: Rural structures pose greater relative threat than urban ones

July 25, 2017

About one billion birds are killed every year when they unwittingly fly into human-made objects such as buildings…
Scientists use smart sensors to monitor bat population in an urban environment

June 30, 2017

Cities are crowded with residents, but not just people. You might not notice through your daily work, but…
Regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods can improve residents’ mental health

May 29, 2017

Community-led regeneration in deprived neighbourhoods can improve the mental health of residents, concludes research by Cardiff University. The…
UK-Malaysia urban innovation challenge 2017

May 27, 2017

The aim of this competition is to fund collaborative technological solutions that address one or more of the…
Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal

May 24, 2017

Cool pavements can help keep cities cool, right? Yes, but according to new research from the Department of…
Seattle seawall’s novel fish features are a potential model for the world

May 19, 2017

As tourists and residents visit Seattle’s downtown waterfront, it may not be immediately apparent they are walking on…
Hear the sound in your new building

May 17, 2017

In future, scientific acoustics calculations will be included in the first rough sketches from the architects at Henning…
Greenery-covered Skyscrapers In China

March 8, 2017

Stefano Boeri Architects designed a pair of skyscrapers covered by a large amount of greenery called Vertical Forest. They…
Study measures effects of congestion on access to jobs by car

September 21, 2016

New research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on…
Study Reveals Surprising Role of Haze In the Warming of Chinese Cities

August 25, 2016

A new Yale-led study published in the journal Nature Communications sheds light on the surprising role that haze…
Who are you? Squatters can actually help a neighborhood

August 23, 2016

Squatters who illegally occupy vacant homes or buildings are not always contributing to apathy or social disorder, say…
Healthier and greener cities

July 16, 2016

A new research project aiming to improve urban-decision making and the health of urban populations in Malaysia. Led…
Crows take care of the majority of carcasses from city streets

July 16, 2016

Usually people do not like city birds – they are noisy, walk around asking for food, sometimes they…
What birds’ attitudes to litter tell us about their ability to adapt

June 1, 2016

Urban birds are less afraid of litter than their country cousins, according to a new study, which suggests…
Personal aircraft aiming to take off from your home

May 9, 2016

A start-up company hosted in an ESA business incubator is developing the world’s first vertical takeoff and landing…
The risk of asthma decreases gradually between city and farm

March 10, 2016

It appears that whether you grow up in a small town or a village is a not insignificant…
Targeting minority, low-income neighborhoods for hazardous waste sites

January 20, 2016

Minority and low-income neighborhoods and communities in transition are disproportionately targeted by industries that follow the path of…
Cool Roofs in China Offer Enhanced Benefits During Heat Waves

December 23, 2015

It is well established that white roofs can help mitigate the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun’s…
NOAA study finds ‘living shorelines’ can lessen climate change’s effects

December 21, 2015

A recent NOAA study, published in the journal PLOS One, shows “living shorelines” — protected and stabilized shorelines…
It takes a village – and much more – to quench megacity water demands

December 10, 2015

Municipal water problems of yesteryear:  The well’s going dry.  Dig deeper. Municipal water problems of today: Megacities with…
Gunshot Survivors in High-Crime Community Face Elevated Risk of Early Death, Study Shows

November 19, 2015

One in 20 survivors of gunshot violence in an urban area with high crime died within five years,…
Carbon canopy

October 19, 2015

Around the world, from small towns to the biggest cities, civic soldiers in the battle against global warming are…
Living in the red zone: good for football, not good in terms of radon

October 9, 2015

More than 80 percent of homes in a rural northwest Iowa community tested positive for radon levels significantly…
Water poses challenge to major cities

October 7, 2015

Too much water, too little water, or contaminated water. Cities around the world are facing major water-related challenges.…
Protecting cities from extreme rainfall

October 7, 2015

It is no longer simply a question of designing ‘smart cities’. We need to create ‘smart liveable cities’…
Heat waves hit heat islands hardest

September 30, 2015

Extreme summers like that of 2012 — which saw record temperatures in cities across the U.S. — may…
Online screening tool reveals racial disparities in environmental health hazards

September 19, 2015

An online tool used to help identify which California communities are hit hardest by environmental hazards reveals significant…
Study ranks U.S. cities based on the urban heat island effect on temperatures

September 17, 2015

Inner cities as well as suburbs show distinctly warmer temperatures—known as the urban heat island effect—than rural areas…
Cities at risk

September 9, 2015

New model says world cities face expected losses of $4.6 trillion in economic output over the next decade…
Vegetation Essential for Limiting City Warming Effects

August 26, 2015

Cities are well known hot spots – literally. The urban heat island effect has long been observed to…
Urban grime releases air pollutant when exposed to sunlight

August 22, 2015

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have determined that natural sunlight triggers the release of smog-forming nitrogen oxide compounds…
Building with nature’ to make our cities greener

August 19, 2015

The Cardiff University is partner in a multilateral prestigious research grant awarded by the UK and US governments…
Allergy risk factors in urban and rural areas differ

August 18, 2015

For the very first time, researchers from Aarhus University have shown that marginal environmental factors can trigger the…
Beijing Quadrupled in Size in a Decade, NASA Finds

June 27, 2015

A new study by scientists using data from NASA’s QuikScat satellite has demonstrated a novel technique to quantify…
NASA Researcher Develops Model that Could Quiet Down Noisy Helicopters

June 27, 2015

If you live in a relatively well-populated area, you’ve probably experienced it — the noisy whop-whop-whop of a…
Using NASA Data to Show How Raindrops Could Save Rupees

June 26, 2015

Rainwater could save people in India a bucket of money, according to a new study by scientists looking…
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