The green soul of the concrete jungle

For the urban century to succeed, urban planners will have to incorporate nature into the very fabric of our cities.

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This century will be remembered as the urban century, and our generation will be witness to the greatest migration in human history. By 2050, there will be 2.4 billion more people in cities, a rate of urban growth that is the equivalent of building a city the size of London every 7 weeks. But what, if anything, is the role of nature in this urban century? Does an urban Homo sapiens even need nature anymore?

In a recent article in Sustainable Earth, Robert McDonald (Ph.D), Lead Scientist for Cities at The Nature Conservancy, and coauthors reviewed three different academic disciplines to answer these questions. Trends in these disciplines suggest that the urban century needs nature to succeed.

By: Davy Falkner


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