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Trees and the City: Treepedia Maps Tree Cover in Cities

Trees don't just make our cities more beautiful, they act as natural air-pollution filters, cool urban temperatures, reduce noise and smell, and attract birds: thanks to trees, our ever more congested cities can be much more pleasant places in which to live. How are world cities doing when it comes to trees? What are the cities with the highest tree density? Treepedia tell us just that. Read on

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EcoHelmet: the Guardian Angel of Bike Share Users?

Bike share schemes are all the rage these days. They’re good for the environment, reduce traffic congestion and keep urban cyclists fit – unless they get in an accident, of course. The possibility of spontaneously renting a bike usually comes with the downfall that users do not carry a helmet. But a lightweight, foldable and cheap helmet could be a game changer. Read on

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Protests, Pavilions and... Participation? RESET Takes A Look at Habitat III

Last month, a major global summit that only takes place every 20 years - the UN's Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, otherwise known as Habitat III - took place in Quito, Ecuador under the motto 'Inclusive Cities, Shared Development'. Held in a country in the Global South for the first time ever, what exactly did this promised inclusion look like from the ground? Read on