Mounting evidence connects human health and urban green spaces, but uncertainty remains about the characteristics of those links and, more practically, how cities can be designed to take advantage of them. In a report summarizing recent findings, investigators at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health call for an acceleration of research on the issue. When it comes to urban design, they point out, the clock is ticking.
More than half the world’s population is in cities, and another 1.35 billion urban dwellers are expected by 2030. Over the next few decades, the report says, 86 percent of people in developed nations and 67 percent of those in the developing world will live in cities. Read more