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Urban Dwellers Drive Massive Deforestation Locally and Abroad

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“Ironically, even as urban expansion drives forest clearance for agriculture, it simultaneously consumes existing farmland,” writes Prugh. “By one estimate, urbanization may cause the loss of up to 3.3 million hectares of prime agricultural land each year.”

Can a City Be Sustainable?
Senior Researcher Tom Prugh
Annual State of the World series from the Worldwatch Institute
May 2016

Excerpt:

A second, and likely lesser, factor linking urban growth to deforestation is that cities are often expanding into areas of farmland and natural habitat, including forests. Cities worldwide are growing by 1.4 million new inhabitants every week. Urban land area is expanding, on average, twice as fast as urban populations. The area covered by urban zones is projected to expand by more than 1.2 million square kilometers between 2000 and 2030.

“Ironically, even as urban expansion drives forest clearance for agriculture, it simultaneously consumes existing farmland,” writes Prugh. “By one estimate, urbanization may cause the loss of up to 3.3 million hectares of prime agricultural land each year.”

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Desolate South Bronx Community Garden Gets a Much-Needed Makeover

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The 32,000-square-foot remastered space will serve as a much needed gathering hub for the community that has been pretty much underserved for many years.

By Ameena Walker
Curbed Ny
July 11, 2016

Excerpt:

Outdoor footwear and apparel brand Timberland has partnered up with the non-profit organization GrowNYC to bring about a much needed restoration to one of South Bronx’s communal green spaces. As part Timberland’s five-year plan to create and restore urban green spaces in five different cities, the United We Stand garden in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx has been transformed from a barren space ravaged by fire to a new garden for community members to enjoy.

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