Green cities

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The trials of Robert Habeck: is the world’s most powerful green politician doomed to fail?
The long read: A year ago, Germany’s vice-chancellor was one of the country’s best-liked public figures. Then came the tabloid-driven backlash. Now he has to win the argument all over again

Philip Oltermann

26, Sep, 2023 @4:00 AM

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Parks and gardens hold key to cooling overheated cities
Nature in urban settings can have huge impact on temperature and human behaviour, study shows

Paul Brown

01, Sep, 2023 @5:00 AM

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‘They say I should clean floors’: Barcelona’s working-class, leftwing mayor Ada Colau fights for third term
The city’s first female mayor is reviled by the elites and pro-car lobby, but embraced by others for her social policies

Stephen Burgen in Barcelona

27, May, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Pollutionwatch: how ‘school streets’ cut children’s exposure to toxic air
Studies show reducing traffic flow around schools can significantly reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide

Gary Fuller

18, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Birmingham to bloom into ‘magical’ garden with 11-metre trees
PoliNations urban oasis will focus on city’s stories of migration using vibrancy of plants as a metaphor

Jessica Murray Midlands correspondent

16, Aug, 2022 @2:20 PM

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Green upgrades could cut UK energy bills by £1,800 a year, finds study
Homeowners can boost property value by average of £10,000, shows research by WWF and ScottishPower

Alex Lawson Energy correspondent

20, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Contact with nature in cities reduces loneliness, study shows
Loneliness is significant mental health concern and can raise risk of death by 45%, say scientists

Damian Carrington Environment editor

20, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Rishi Sunak urged to end hostility to green spending or miss net zero target
Treasury review will help determine whether UK meets climate goals, and experts say radical change is required

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

20, Apr, 2021 @5:18 PM

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I won’t make the same mistakes again: Milan mayor on his green Covid recovery plan
Beppe Sala, who admits to making errors in his early response to the crisis, explains why he is seeking sustainable solutions

Angela Giuffrida Rome correspondent

05, Jan, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Paris climate agreement: 54 cities on track to meet targets
Mayor of Paris praises “important milestone” on fifth anniversary of the landmark agreement

Matthew Taylor

11, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Poorer people and ethnic minorities live further from UK green spaces – study
Survey by Ramblers finds wealthy, white people live closer to nature

Patrick Barkham

16, Sep, 2020 @11:28 AM

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Scientists create 3D-printed buildings from soil
Eco-friendly technology could potentially replace concrete and revolutionise sector

Sasha Mistlin

21, Aug, 2020 @8:20 AM

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