Biodiversity

A groundskeeper blows autumn leaves in the Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh

Opinion: To Protect Biodiversity, Eliminate All Leaf Blowers

Electric and battery-powered leaf blowers have a reduced impact on pollution and human health, but our lawn care practices continue to harm plant and animal habitats.

October 29, 2021 - The New York Times

Rendering of Living Breakwaters project

Staten Island's Living Breakwaters Project Breaks Ground

The coastal resiliency and biodiversity project is taking shape in Raritan Bay, an area devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

September 28, 2021 - The Architect's Newspaper

Open Space

Assessing Biden's '30 by 30' Conservation Plan

The president's ambitious commitment to protect 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030 might be too broad in attempting to satisfy all land users.

July 9, 2021 - High Country News

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge

The '30 by 30' Framework Sets an Ambitious Goal for Nature Conservation

California State Legislature committee approved AB 3030 in May, adopting a plan to save 30% of land and sea from development by the year 2030. The Convention on Biological Diversity is likely to follow in adopting the 30 by 30 framework.

June 1, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

National Park Service

Earth Day: 1970 and Now

The decade that began with the first Earth Day became a pivotal moment in U.S. environmental awareness and action. The core principles of the environmental decade are now questioned in the highest offices of our land.

April 22, 2020 - Bruce Stiftel

Panama City Rainforest Fog

Land Use Patterns Connected to Biodiversity Crisis

As many as 1 million species are at risk of extinction if the world, including planning professionals and politicians, doesn't make big changes.

December 24, 2019 - Vox

Mountain Lion

Wild LA: An Excellent and Beautifully Illustrated Resource for L.A.’s Biodiversity

Los Angeled has plenty of urban wildlife, but people don’t usually associate the city with the term biodiversity. L.A. County park planner Clement Lau offers a book review on the a book on that subject, "Wild LA."

June 17, 2019 - UrbDeZine

Environmental Destruction

Land Use Linked to Mass Species Extinction

A new study puts a number of the risk of land use to the planet's biodiversity.

March 9, 2019 - Quartz

Woodlands

An App for Teaching Forest Management

Augmented reality shows what the forest would look like with a full complement of biodiversity.

December 27, 2018 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mountain Lion

The Best Locations for L.A.’s Mountain Lion Freeway Bridges

A coalition of researchers have identified one area near the 101 and other near I-15 that would help keep the big cats alive and healthy.

May 28, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

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