It’s time to recognize the multiple benefits of parks and fund them as infrastructure if we want our cities to be successful and prepared for the future.

To ensure a reliable water supply in a drier future, we must embrace 21st-century solutions that restore river health while respecting the needs of existing users and communities.

To survive the 21st century, we must apply our ingenuity to living in balance with nature and building resilience to the climatic changes under way.

“I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees.

I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

Dr. Seuss

 

What if, even in the heart of a densely developed city, people could have meaningful encounters with nature? The idea of a green city, a sustainable city, and even a resilient city are well-understood. Now, the emerging ideal of a biophilic city—which...

Growth of modern cities requires embrace of nature.

Photo Credit: Birds on a Wire by Flickr.com user Kiwi Flickr

The Rants from the Hill essay series has appeared in High Country News online every month, without fail, since July 2010. A lot has happened in those (almost) six years as we—my wife, Eryn, and our daughters, Hannah and Caroline—have...

If a tree falls in the forest, what does it cost? From the perspective of federal disaster assistance, the answer traditionally has been “not much.” But now — thanks to improved number-crunching — the federal government is taking nature into...

Photo Credit: Birds on a Wire by Flickr.com user Kiwi Flickr

Conservation for Cities author Rob McDonald reflects on a comment he received after giving a lecture at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural...

Is there an economic value to nature's services? Should this value be incentive enough for us to fund conservation? Can lessons from the corporate world come to the rescue? In an age of increasing environmental degradation and risk, The Nature...

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