10:00-12:00, Dec 22 2021, CST; 04:00-06:00, Dec 22 2021, CET; 19:00-21:00, Dec 21 2021, MST
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Cities are arguably the most striking “novel ecosystems”, or more properly the most spectacular “novel landscapes”. Cities may be the greatest achievement by humans, the most powerful ecosystem engineers, simply because they enable more than 56% of global population to live within less than 3% of the world’s land area. In the same time, cites are also the most biologically impoverished ecosystems that devour resources and pollute the environment near and afar. Yes, global sustainability depends critically on cities, but cities are inherently unsustainable by themselves! Cities are fundamentally rooted in landscapes and regions with both urban and non-urban areas intertwined. Thus, seeking urban sustainability solutions by focusing only on cities or networks of cities is not likely to be productive, although it can be intellectually intriguing at times. Instead, actionable knowledge of urban sustainability is more likely to come from studies that focus on urban landscapes and regions in which cities are embedded. To promote such studies, here I present an urban landscape sustainability perspective, based on a synthesis of recent advances in urban ecology, landscape ecology, and sustainability science.
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