Category: Research

Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature

Stanford University

Stanford research has found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor

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Green City: The Routledge Urban Sustainability Collection

Green City: The Routledge Urban Sustainability Collection

The Routledge Green City collection brings together their latest research articles covering aspects of the future of sustainability in urban environments. The articles will remain free to access until the end of the year.

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Distribution and abundance of hollow-bearing trees in urban forest fragments

Urban Forestry & Urban Greening

This research surveyed 45 natural forest remnants across the rapidly urbanising City of Gold Coast to quantify the distribution and abundance of hollow-bearing trees. The results highlight the value of urban forest remnants in maintaining the functional capacity of urban

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Offsets in the system: Exploring the many dimensions of biodiversity offsets policy

Decision Point

The August 2015 issue of Decision Point takes a critical look at biodiversity offsets – their pros, cons, strengths and weaknesses.

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Presentation – Planning for biodiversity at the urban-rural fringe

Planning for biodiversity at the urban-rural fringe

A presentation given by Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy at the recent Biodiversity Across The Borders conference can be viewed online. It includes discussion of how cities are disproportionately important for threatened species and recommends the introduction of Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design

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Urban biodiversity research briefs

Decision Point

The following urban biodiversity research briefs can be viewed in Decision Point Online: Managing the impacts of urban development on old trees, Urban expansion, climate change & frog habitat, and Planning for biodiversity in the urban fringe.

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Call for papers – new Urban Planning journal

Cogitatio

Urban Planning is a new international peer-reviewed open access journal of urban studies aimed at advancing understandings and ideas of humankind’s habitats – villages, towns, cities, megacities – in order to promote progress and quality of life. Urban Planning is

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ND-GAIN Index – climate change vulnerability and resilience

ND-GAIN Index

The ND-GAIN Index summarises a country’s vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. Australia’s ranking was 6 from the 178 countries indexed.

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On the use of systematic reviews to inform environmental policies

Environmental Science & Policy

Systematic reviews are powerful tools for summarising evidence to guide policy. They reduce the influence of author bias while considering bias in primary studies. This open access research summarises how to conduct systematic reviews and the rationale for each stage,

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A toolkit for tracking the outcomes of community gardens and urban farms

Data Collection Toolkit

Community gardeners and urban farmers can use an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work (with thanks to The Nature of Cities).

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