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Planting trees can make cities more desirable and safer places to live in. Joe Castro/AAP.

Greening cities makes for safer neighbourhoods

Not only do healthy, well-maintained trees provide shade and benefit the ecosystem, they can have a meaningful social impact: people in newly greened neighbourhoods start to look out for each other.
There’s too much focus on the footprint of large businesses on the environment, leaving small businesses out. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How small businesses can manage their impact on the environment

The impact of small businesses on the environment has largely been ignored, but getting them to implement environmental management systems won't be easy. This is because of their culture of resisting red tape and the way they operate.
Demand is growing for statistical ecologists to research climate change. Rapidly growing mega-cities in Africa, like Lagos, face the highest risks. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

What’s on the to-do list for Africa’s statistical ecologists

Some of the most in-demand ecologists in Africa are specialists in statistics. But this is currently a scarce skill combination in Africa.

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