InGenuity: NextGen’s Vision for an Urban Planet: Ingenuity Results, Essays in print

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Environmental scientists working together with urban planners and socio-economists can help society prepare for an increasingly urbanized world by discovering and developing concepts, technologies, and practices to make urban areas more alive, livable, and resilient to climate change. Increased urbanization means more landscape cast in concrete, stone, and asphalt. Environmental services of green spaces in cities obviously include air and water purification, wind and noise filtering, microclimate stabilization, rain water infiltration and water storage. Urban parks and open green spaces improve the quality of urban life (1), and green city spaces are important biodiversity conservation areas, and migratory routes when well-connected (2). Yet, while urban squirrels might be appreciated, what if rainwater tanks from urban farming cause a mosquito plague? Scientific focus on ways to create and sustainably maintain well-connected green spaces in and around urban areas—for water storage, plants, animals, soil organisms, and human beings—can increase the well-being of the urban environment, urban quality of life, and resilience to climate change. The needs and relations between ecology, recreation, well-being, and economic benefit need to be investigated, considering both benefits and possible problems. Involving multiple stakeholders in discovery and support for ideas and practices for greener cities is also vital for implementation. Increasing urbanization is unavoidable and greener cityscapes have the potential to improve and protect urban life. Environmental science in cooperation with people science has much to offer.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalScience
Volume352
Issue number6288
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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