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Nature deficit disorder in a highly urbanised nation – part 2

This is part 2 of a two-part blog entry. Click here to read part 1. From the perspective of future motivation to conserve biodiversity, one of the most troubling signs of nature-deficit-disorder (NDD) is our reduced connection with the natural world, which may manifest as a reduction in our ability to identify common species. [...]

By |2017-05-09T09:24:28+00:00January 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nature deficit disorder in a highly urbanised nation – part 2

Nature deficit disorder in a highly urbanised nation

This is part 1 of a two-part blog. Urbanisation has been identified by some authors as the top human cause of species endangerments and extinctions. That it has such a large impact on biodiversity is pretty surprising when you realise that cities occupy a very small fraction (estimated at 1.5-3 %) of all the [...]

By |2017-05-09T09:24:28+00:00December 19th, 2015|Urbanisation|Comments Off on Nature deficit disorder in a highly urbanised nation

URBANISATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

No doubt, I’m far from the only person thinking about climate change at the moment, what with the Paris Conference underway. Of course, as a conservation biologist, I’m often thinking about climate change (and sometimes driving my boyfriend crazy with my admonishments to turn off lights, water heaters and the air-con and even closing the faucet [...]

By |2017-05-09T09:24:30+00:00December 1st, 2015|Climate change, Urbanisation|Comments Off on URBANISATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Friday, 6 November – the lecture

This is part 3 of a three-part blog. If you’d like to read part 2, click here. Finally, time for Ms Ervin’s lecture at NUS, to a pretty full auditorium. She started by describing how the term “green building” has evolved. Not so long ago, it might have evoked images of something like the turf [...]

By |2020-04-28T05:34:37+00:00November 8th, 2015|Urban greening|Comments Off on Friday, 6 November – the lecture

Thursday, 5 November – visit to BCA Academy and CDL’s South Beach Project

This is part 2 of a three-part blog. If you’d like to read part 1, click here. I spent the day with the Ervins and several other people, most of whom are involved in green building in Singapore. These included representatives from the Singapore Government’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and City Developments Limited (CDL). [...]

By |2020-09-16T04:22:22+00:00November 8th, 2015|Urban greening|1 Comment

Asia Environment Lecture – Greening the Built Environment – part 1

Green wall on Blusson Hall, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Although I was only planning to update this blog perhaps a couple of times a month, I already felt inspired by a recent event I participated in, the 3rd annual Asia Environment Lecture, which is jointly organised by NUS’ Master of [...]

By |2017-05-09T09:24:30+00:00November 8th, 2015|Urban greening|1 Comment

From jungle to concrete jungle – biodiversity in an increasingly urban world

https://youtu.be/u9Ip6vBUXIs This is an invited presentation that I gave for the Faculty of Science at the National University of Singapore on the occasion of an outreach event organised for junior college students. It gives an overview of how urbanisation is not only a major factor in the ongoing loss of biodiversity, but also a trend [...]

By |2015-10-31T05:26:54+00:00October 30th, 2015|biodiversity|Comments Off on From jungle to concrete jungle – biodiversity in an increasingly urban world
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