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More Green, Less Crime

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Want to improve the health of people your 'hood? Just clean and green the vacant lots, says new study

It goes without saying that a vacant lot looks a far sight better with abundant greenery than filled with trash and dirt. But, aesthetics aside, greened lots may also be better for the health of people living nearby. At Fast Co Exist, Andrew Price points us to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania, which studied the health impacts of Philadelphia's vacant lot greening......read more

Seattle's Food Forest is Open for Foraging

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After a successful planting season, America's first urban food forest gets set to produce forageable edibles

Last year, we let you know about a successful proposal to plant a food forest on unused green space in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. With a seven-acre parcel land donated by Seattle Public Utilities, and a $100,000 grant from the city, the Beacon Food Forest is set to become the nation's largest forageable space. We're happy to report that the project is going full steam ahead, with......read more

L.A. Adopts Sustainable Planting Rules

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Strawberry and thyme among drought-tolerant plants approved for city's residential parkways.

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works has announced sustainable new rules for residential parkways. LA Times Greenspace reports that Los Angeles-area homeowners will now be allowed to plant drought-tolerant, turf substitute ground-cover plants in residential parkways without a permit. Previously, homeowners were only allowed to plant street trees and grass without a permit. Residential parkways......read more

Deforestation Rates Fall

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Global forest loss slowed over the past decade, with less logging in the Amazon and widespread tree planting in China.

The world's net rate of forest loss has slowed markedly in the last decade, with less logging in the Amazon and China planting trees on a grand scale. Yet forests continue to be lost at "an alarming rate" in some countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Its Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 finds the loss of tree cover is most acute in Africa......read more

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