Urban Forestry & Urban Greening

Characteristics of residential backyards that contribute to conservation and diversity of urban birds: A case study in a Southeastern Brazilian city

The structure of bird communities living in cities may have different characteristics depending on the magnitude of building versus green area. In this study, we evaluated the contribution of residential backyards to the diversity of urban birds in the city of Jacareí, São Paulo, Brazil…

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Footpaths, tree cut-outs and social contagion drive citizen greening in the road verge

Verge gardening is a citizen-led form of public urban greening where residents plant and maintain understorey and trees in the road easement, and it has the potential to significantly increase the diversity and complexity of street greenery which is, most commonly, mown grass and monocultures of street trees…

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Can aggregated patterns of urban woody vegetation cover promote greater species diversity, richness and abundance of native birds?

Rapid urban growth poses the global challenge of mitigating urbanization impacts on biodiversity. The amount and spatial arrangement of vegetation could help managers and urban planners improve habitat conditions for fauna; however, whether aggregated patterns of trees and shrubs promote greater diversity of wildlife in urban areas remains poorly understood…

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How climate change perception is reshaping attitudes towards the functional benefits of urban trees and green space: Lessons from Hong Kong

Urban greening has rapidly emerged as a key urban climate change adaptation strategy. Urban greening is thought to confer manifold socio-ecological benefits upon residents in towns and cities…

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The influence of increasing tree cover on mean radiant temperature across a mixed development suburb in Adelaide, Australia

The implementation of trees in urban environments can mitigate outdoor thermal stress. Growing global urban population and the risk of heatwaves, compounded by development driven urban warmth (the urban heat island), means more people are at risk of heat stress in our cities…

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Building biodiversity into the urban fabric: A case study in applying Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD)

Biodiversity within cities is fundamental for human health and well-being, and delivers a wide range of critical ecosystem services. However, biodiversity is often viewed as an afterthought or final addition once an urban development nears completion. As such, provisions for biodiversity are typically tokenistic and do not achieve the experience of everyday nature that people need…

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Effect of heavy metals and environmental variables on the assimilation of CO2 and stomatal conductance of Ligustrum lucidum, an urban tree from Mexico City

Urban trees reduce CO2 and pollutants that represent a risk for human health in cities. In this work, we assessed the potential effect of heavy metals and environmental variables on the CO2 assimilation (A) and the stomatal conductace (gS) of Ligustrum lucidum, a common urban tree in Mexico City…

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