Urban Agriculture Combats Food Insecurity, Builds Community

“In times of crisis, people become really passionate about their food supply,” says Rachel Surls, sustainable food systems adviser for the Los Angeles County Cooperative Extension. “We saw a boom in urban agriculture during the recession in 2008, and we’re seeing it now.” Dig Deeper Interested in food security? The podcast of ASA, […]

Climate impacts on health and urban areas: Heatwaves and death rate

Over the last half-century, the probability of heat extreme events has changed by orders of magnitude in almost every region of the world, with occurrences that are now up to a hundred times more in respect to a century ago. Of all-natural disasters, extreme high temperature events are the main cause of weather-related mortality and […]

Climate impacts on health and urban areas: Heatwaves and death rate

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Over the last half-century, the probability of heat extreme events has changed by orders of magnitude in almost every region of the world, with occurrences that are now up to a hundred times more in respect to a century ago. Of all-natural disasters, extreme high temperature events are the main cause […]

Challenges in establishing eco-cities within urban agglomeration

Urbanization is threatening global water supplies, but finding a way to balance expansion with sustainable water management between nature, people, and the city water infrastructure. Xiong’an New Area eco-city Water is fundamental to any natural system. Even within our built environment, without water one can hardly imagine its functioning. Unfortunately, strain is being put on […]

Urban land and aerosols amplify hazardous weather, steer storms toward cities

Intensified convection is just one way urban land and anthropogenically produced aerosols may shape hazardous weather. Longer-lasting rainfall and larger hail are other potential byproducts of the interactions between cityscapes and storms, according to new research from PNNL scientists. Credit: 12019 | Pixabay.com Urban landscapes and human-made aerosols—particles suspended in the atmosphere—have the potential to […]

Trench fever in urban people who are homeless

A disease common during the First World War, trench fever, has been found in some urban populations experiencing homelessness in Canada, and physicians should be aware of this potentially fatal disease, highlights a practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The article describes a 48-year-old man who visited an emergency department in Manitoba with […]

Urban gulls adapt foraging schedule to human activity patterns

Credit: CC0 Public Domain If you’ve ever seen a seagull snatch a pasty or felt their beady eyes on your sandwich in the park, you’d be right to suspect they know exactly when to strike to increase their chances of getting a human snack. A new study by the University of Bristol is the most […]