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How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban ..

If researchers can figure out how pigeons and rats evolve to thrive in hostile city habitats, it could help other beasts—including us—adapt to climate change. Elizabeth Carlen studies the evolution of pigeons in New York City. “Basic things, like what… read more

Trees are crucial to the future of our cities

(Photo:For her research, Carly Ziter biked around Madison with a small weather station strapped to the back of her bike. The sensor on her bike marked her location and took an air temperature reading every single second as she rode,… read more

Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

In the southern Indian state of Karnataka we can find a good example of wildlife – even large predators – living near human settlements. In other regions cities have begun to recognize the value of protecting wildlife even within their… read more

Environmentally friendly, soy air filter

Washington State University researchers have developed a soy-based air filter that can capture toxic chemicals, such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, that current air filters can’t. Hazardous gases escape most filters Poor air quality causes health problems worldwide and is… read more

House plants can improve indoor air

Selecting the right house plant could improve indoor air Indoor air pollution is an important environmental threat to human health, leading to symptoms of  ‘sick building syndrome’.  But researchers report that surrounding oneself with certain house plants could combat the… read more