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As urban temperatures climb, here’s what the modern city should look like

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The UK is facing its first heatwave of the summer, and while many will be basking in the hot weather it is also a warning of challenges to come, particularly for those who live and work in our biggest cities. Extended...

Frog hotels: scientists build creative urban shelters to draw species back to Australian cities

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Tadpoling is a thing of the past in many suburban creeks, as humans encroach on frogs’ territory. But there is a way to lure them back – frog hotels. Herpetologist Dr Jodi Rowley, from the Australian Museum, says frog...

Urban forests create birdlife boom in New Zealand’s cities

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During the height of the Delta outbreak last year, Wellington awoke to some exciting news – a pair of titipounamu, New Zealand’s smallest bird, which had been missing from the city for more than 100 years, had built a...

Country singer Mickey Gilley, who helped inspire Urban Cowboy, dies at 86

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Country music star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film Urban Cowboy and a nationwide wave of western-themed nightspots, has died aged 86. Gilley died on Saturday in Branson, Missouri,...

Urban congestion funding for Coalition and marginal seats far outstrips safe Labor seats, report finds

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The government’s controversial urban congestion fund is pumping tens of millions of dollars more into marginal and safe Coalition seats than strong Labor electorates, a new report has found. The Grattan Institute on S...

Grisly urban warfare looms unless west beefs up Ukraine arms supply

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Burning apartment blocks across Mariupol; shattered buildings in Kharkiv. Film and photographs circulating on Monday show the brutal consequences of Russia’s onslaught in eastern Ukraine, the result of a succession of...

Black-led urban farms are thriving – until they have to fight for their land

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For the last 10 years, residents in the south Baltimore neighborhood of Cherry Hill who struggled to access affordable food had a reliable place to go. Visitors to the Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden, a 1.5-acre ur...

‘Natural Health Service’: Derby approves UK’s largest urban rewilding project

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“I’m excited about the potential for large wildflower-rich grassland areas mixed with naturally regenerating scrub,” said Prof Alastair Driver, director at Rewilding Britain. “It won’t be long before these areas are r...

Could flying electric ‘air taxis’ help fix urban transportation?

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The megacity of São Paulo is home to more than 22 million people, most of whom must endure its notorious traffic to get anywhere. For decades, however, corporate executives and the super-rich have soared above these c...

The real urban jungle: how ancient societies reimagined what cities could be – podcast

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They may be vine-smothered ruins today, but the lost cities of the ancient tropics still have a lot to teach us about how to live alongside nature. By Patrick Roberts How to ...

Shorta review – Danish urban thriller gets the heart pumping

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Denmark’s reputation as the land of tolerance, equality and cosy contentment takes a battering in this superslick urban thriller directed with adrenaline and savvy by first timers Frederik Louis Hviid and Anders Ølhol...

Zola review – pulp-factual viral tweet becomes an icily slick urban thriller

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In 2015, a part-time dancer from Detroit called Aziah “Zola” Wells went viral with a cheeky Twitter thread purporting to tell the pulp-factual tale of her recent, crazily dangerous road trip to Florida with someone ca...

Bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows prove a hit with German city dwellers

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To escape the Berlin bustle on a summer afternoon, all that Derek O’Doyle and his dog Frida have to do is lap the noisy building site outside their inner-city apartment, weave their way through the queue in front of t...

Excited, pursuing bear: Florida officials seek unusual urban visitor

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In a summer’s tale to enthrall inhabitants of the south-western Florida city of Naples, a black bear seen wandering around downtown eluded wildlife officials – even as sightings of the animal continued. Police said th...

Urban crime plummets during lockdowns in cities around world

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Urban crime ranging from vehicle theft and burglary to robbery and assault fell substantially during Covid lockdowns as stay-at-home orders around the world cleared the streets and ensured more houses were occupied in...

Skin and the city: why your serum needs to protect against urban living

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Pollution, ultraviolet radiation and cigarette smoke can all cause havoc on our skin – but it doesn’t have to. Here’s how to guard your skin from everyday threatsby Ateh JewelOur skin is the body’s largest organ and w...

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