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Green Urbanism guru: Nature in cities to thrive

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Plants & animals, Natural Cleveland

When Timothy Beatley launched Green Urbanism in his eponymous 2000 book and 2010 Biophilic Cities program, he deftly tied together examples of cities where nature appears to be linked to health and happiness. Green Urbanism holds that “as a species we have an innate connection to nature. That we are happier, healthier and able to lead more meaningful lives when nature...

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With Northeast Ohio's biodiversity at stake, regional parks and naturalists find their voice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/15/19 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water, Plants & animals, Shaping the land

They have been gathering for years to advocate for nature in Northeast Ohio. They are park rangers, wetlands biologists, wildlife specialists, and conservationists getting their hands dirty on a daily basis in natural areas. Increasingly, they have become the voice for nature in a region that has lost many acres of forests and wetlands to unplanned development.

<br />Images courtesy of LEAP<br /><br /><br />

Rock on: Unlocking the mystery of coral bleaching

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/29/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Plants & animals

Stephen Palumbi considers himself an optimist, despite the scary data on ocean health that keeps washing up on his shore.

<br />Stanford University Marine Biology professor Stephen Palumbi during the National Academy of Engineers meeting in Cleveland. The slide reads, Using heat-resistant corals to build future reefs ready for climate change.

Biodiversity is a climate resilience strategy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/08/18 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Plants & animals

Embracing more of an urban ecology mindset would help struggling, post-industrial cities like Cleveland cope with climate change. Urbanization can be a force for good, but currently, the “pattern” in cities is not sustainable. Cities are net producers of carbon emissions, for example, and it is resulting in hotter, drier and more unpredictable weather events like floods and heat waves...

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Biomimicry at 20: A hot idea finds its feet

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/28/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Plants & animals

In the two decades since “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature," Janine Benyus’ 1997 bestseller, hatched the idea that nature is a prolific problem solver and muse, researchers have been hard at work searching for the next generation of bio-inspired inventions.

<br />Geckos have been the subject of thousands of reports, and speculative Biomimicry research, because of their amazing ability to scale vertical surfaces.<br />Dr. Peter Niewiarowski (right) University of Akron Biomimicry Program Director discussed his research on gecko feet.
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