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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Powers of Green: Cityscape of the Future

A wet pond at Central Market in Austin, Texas. City of Austin photo.

A wet pond at Central Market in Austin, Texas. City of Austin photo.

This story is from Texas Enterprise at the McCombs School of Business. It was written by Matt Turner.

The cityscape of the future will be much greener and more useful, if landscape ecologists have their way. Even business properties in tomorrow’s deliberately planned urban landscape will use nature’s full potential to provide elegant solutions for a host of urban problems — among them energy waste, excess carbon, the heat-island effect,
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

In the jungle, lions roam at night

Geographer Kelley Crews had the opportunity to follow a pair of lions on a moonlight walk, from the safety of a vehicle, of course.For researchers in the field in places like Botswana, being close to wildlife, such as lions, is one of the thrilling parts of the job. It also can be dangerous if precautions aren’t taken.

Kelley Crews, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environment, recounted a closer-than-usual encounter she and a colleague had with two lions one night in the Botswana bush:

We were preparing dinner after dark in our campsite and one of my colleagues spotted a lion. (This is
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