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‘Nature Sacred’ awards will help restore Joplin and Queens and study the power of nature in disaster-torn areas

June 21st, 2013

Can green spaces confer real healing effects? Can they help people feel more resilient and less stressed? These are the questions posed by a program that will be looking for the answers in weather-battered Joplin and Queens, among other places.

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Learning from Rio de Janeiro’s green spaces

May 27th, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

Ascending through the dense greenery on the way up Rio de Janeiro’s Corcovado mountain, travelers may be caught off guard by the sight of a Toucan or the call of a far-off monkey, they may marvel at the beauty of a wild orchid, and they’ll almost certainly be struck by the size of it — the sensation of being far from civilization, not smack in the middle of a metropolitan area housing well over 10 million people.

Few visitors, one suspects, would guess that this forest is man-made — a mammoth greenification project, dating back over a hundred years, that serves as an example (albeit an over-sized one) of how governments might set out to combat the side effects that office buildings and sidewalks have on both the ecosystems surrounding them and the humans living within them.

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