This Report provides an assessment of the issues facing decision makers, including the importance, status, trends and threats to biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people, as well as policy and management response options.
The report tells Victorians about the health of the environment – the land, the water, the air, and the ecosystems. Using 170 different scientific indicators, the report shows where Victorians are doing well and where improvement is needed.
By far the largest mining endeavor globally is digging up sand, mainly for the concrete that goes into buildings. But this little-noticed and largely unregulated activity has serious costs — damaging rivers, wreaking havoc on coastal ecosystems, and even wiping away entire islands.
As the 21st century unfolds, an increasing majority of the world’s population will live in cities. Human wellbeing in cities relies on a complex web of interconnected institutions, infrastructure and information. People are drawn to cities as centres of economic activity, opportunity and innovation.
In the light of ongoing global urbanization and the high pace of resource consumption, there is an urgent need to foster compact cities. Currently, however, we lack integrative guidelines on how to manage trade-offs between urban densification and the provision of green space.
This article is a qualitative review of literature on ‘Cultural Ecosystem Services’ (CES) - The less tangible benefits obtained from ecosystems. It identifies key characteristics of CES, challenges to CES research, and lessons for the future of urban green space research.
This project aimed to foster best-practice in urban green space planning by combining the scientific state of the art with the needs expressed by potential Australian end users. It sketches a ‘blueprint’ for a nationally consistent urban green space (UGS) decision-support framework.
Urbanisation and a changing climate are leading to more frequent and severe flood, heat and air pollution episodes in Britain's cities. Interest in nature-based solutions to these urban problems is growing, with urban forests potentially able to provide a range of regulating ecosystem services such as stormwater attenuation, heat amelioration and air purification.
Australia’s landscapes are dotted with mature eucalypts that were standing well before Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay. These old trees were once revered as an icon of the unique Australian landscape, but they’re rapidly becoming collateral damage from population growth. Mature eucalypts are routinely removed to make way for new suburbs.
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