[:en]New Study Shows Americans’ Deep Appreciation for Nature, Barriers to Connection – Sumter County Times[:]

[:en]New Study Shows Americans’ Deep Appreciation for Nature, Barriers to Connection – Sumter County Times[:]

[:en]”The findings from an unprecedented national study of Americans’ relationship to nature reveal an alarming disconnection, but also widespread opportunities for reconnecting. The results are prompting nature conservation, environmental education and outdoor recreation leaders to rethink how they work to connect people with nature.” The full article here : New Study Shows Americans’ Deep Appreciation for Nature, Barriers to Connection _ SumterCountyTimes  [:]

[:en]One Man’s Plan to Transform a Major City Into a National Park – National Geographic[:]

[:en]One Man’s Plan to Transform a Major City Into a National Park – National Geographic[:]

[:en] ““Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity,” Muir wrote in 1901. Our concept of parks, especially in North America, Europe, and Australia, has remained largely unchanged since. Daniel Raven-Ellison, a self-described “guerrilla geographer” and National Geographic explorer, would like to change it…” Read the full article here : One Man’s Plan to Turn London Into a National Park[:]

[:en]Urban stress changes brain, scans show[:]

[:en]Urban stress changes brain, scans show[:]

[:en]”Studies suggest that living in a city increases the risk of depression and anxiety, and that schizophrenia rates are higher in people born and brought up in cities. But until now, there hasn’t been research into how human brain structures might be affected by urban living… “. Read the article published in CBC News here : http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/health/urban-stress-changes-brain-scans-show-1.1108482  [:]

[:fr]La ville de Montréal reconnait le droit des citoyens montréalais à vivre dans un environnement sain.[:]

[:fr]La ville de Montréal reconnait le droit des citoyens montréalais à vivre dans un environnement sain.[:]

[:fr]Le Conseil municipal de Montréal a reconnu aujourd’hui par un vote unanime le droit des citoyens montréalais de vivre dans un environnement sain. Cliquer sur le lien pour lire le communiqué de presse du Mouvement bleu Terre : La Ville de Montréal reconnaît le droit de vivre dans un environnement sain _ Médias[:]

[:en]The relationship between tree canopy and crime rates across an urban–rural gradient in the greater Baltimore region[:]

[:en]The relationship between tree canopy and crime rates across an urban–rural gradient in the greater Baltimore region[:]

[:en]”The extent to which urban tree cover influences crime is in debate in the literature. We found that there is a strong inverse relationship between tree canopy and our index of robbery, burglary, theft and shooting. The more conservative spatially adjusted model indicated that a 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a roughly 12% decrease in crime.” To read the report by Austin Troya, J. Morgan Grove, Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, click on the link : nrs_2012_troy_001-Nature and crime rate  [:]

[:en]The benefits of trees[:]

[:en]The benefits of trees[:]

[:en] This resource list compiled by Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) gathers the many scientifically proven benefits of urban forests into a single document for tree advocates to use. These facts come directly from primary research conducted by professional scientists, with all citations noted. Grouped by category, these benefits speak to the enormous monetary, social, and ecological value of urban forests to human society. They argue for the vital role of trees in our communities. ACTrees member organizations nationwide are working to bring these benefits to towns small and large, improving the health and livability of our communities by planting and caring for trees. To learn more, visit www.ACTrees.org Click […]

[:fr]Des arbres pour notre santé : en chiffres[:]

[:fr]Des arbres pour notre santé : en chiffres[:]

[:fr] Un arbre avec une couronne de 5 m de diamètre fournit l’oxygène nécessaire à une personne (Peck, S.W., Callaghan, C., Kuhn, M.E., et Bass, B., “Greenbacks from green roofs: forging a new industry in Canada. Status report on benefits, barriers and opportunities for green roof and vertical garden technology diffusion.” 1999, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Toronto).   La partie aérienne d’un peuplier brise-vent arrivé à maturité emmagasine en moyenne 974 kg de dioxyde de carbone. Cette valeur est de 231 kg pour un frêne de Pennsylvanie et 523 kg pour une épinette blanche (Turnock, B. Shelterbelts – a tool for climate change. 2003 [cité dans http://www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/climate/climatechg_e.htm).   Dans […]

[:en]Nature experience reduces rumination [:]

[:en]Nature experience reduces rumination [:]

[:en]More than 50% of people now live in urban areas. By 2050 this proportion will be 70%. Urbanization is associated with increased levels of mental illness, but it’s not yet clear why. Through a controlled experiment, we investigated whether nature experience would influence rumination (repetitive thought focused on negative aspects of the self), a known risk factor for mental illness. Participants who went on a 90-min walk through a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and showed reduced neural activity in an area of the brain linked to risk for mental illness compared with those who walked through an urban environment. These results suggest that accessible natural areas may […]