State of the Planet

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  • Why Nature Is Good for Us: An Illustrated and Animated Guide

    Why Nature Is Good for Us: An Illustrated and Animated Guide

    Earth Day is a time to celebrate the natural world. Being in nature can improve our mood and our mental and physical health. Plus, natural areas do a lot of work for us.

  • What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

    What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

    A new study compares how 14 types of green infrastructure contribute to 22 potential benefits for urban communities.

  • Natural Parks as a Form of Oppression?

    Natural Parks as a Form of Oppression?

    Natural parks are good for people and the environment. However, what if they came at a cost such as taking someone’s land without permission? Would it be worth it?

  • Wasteland Transformed into Magnificent Freshkills Park

    Wasteland Transformed into Magnificent Freshkills Park

    Odors of putrid garbage and mismanaged waste are being replaced by fragrant grass and flowers at Staten Island’s Freshkills Park, once the world’s biggest landfill.

  • Urbanization, Deforestation, Reforestation

    2009 was noted as the first year that more people lived in urban spaces than in rural areas.  The hope that a majority urban population would slow the clearing of tropical forests — our most effective carbon sinks — seems, however, to have been misplaced. The idea was simple: if more people moved into forested…

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Why Nature Is Good for Us: An Illustrated and Animated Guide

    Why Nature Is Good for Us: An Illustrated and Animated Guide

    Earth Day is a time to celebrate the natural world. Being in nature can improve our mood and our mental and physical health. Plus, natural areas do a lot of work for us.

  • What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

    What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

    A new study compares how 14 types of green infrastructure contribute to 22 potential benefits for urban communities.

  • Natural Parks as a Form of Oppression?

    Natural Parks as a Form of Oppression?

    Natural parks are good for people and the environment. However, what if they came at a cost such as taking someone’s land without permission? Would it be worth it?

  • Wasteland Transformed into Magnificent Freshkills Park

    Wasteland Transformed into Magnificent Freshkills Park

    Odors of putrid garbage and mismanaged waste are being replaced by fragrant grass and flowers at Staten Island’s Freshkills Park, once the world’s biggest landfill.

  • Urbanization, Deforestation, Reforestation

    2009 was noted as the first year that more people lived in urban spaces than in rural areas.  The hope that a majority urban population would slow the clearing of tropical forests — our most effective carbon sinks — seems, however, to have been misplaced. The idea was simple: if more people moved into forested…