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An alternative urban green carpet: How can we move to sustainable lawns in a time of climate change?

Ignatieva, Maria and Hedblom, Marcus (2018). An alternative urban green carpet: How can we move to sustainable lawns in a time of climate change? London, UK.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aau6974

Abstract

Lawns are a global phenomenon. They green the urban environment and provide amenable public and private open spaces. In Sweden, 52% of the urban green areas are lawns. In the United States, lawns cover 1.9% of the country’s terrestrial area and lawn grass is the largest irrigated nonfood crop. Assuming lawn would cover 23% of cities globally [on the basis of data from the United States and Sweden], it would occupy 0.15 million to 0.80 million km2 (depending on urban definitions) - that is, an area bigger than England and Spain combined or about 1.4% of the global grassland area. Yet, lawns exact environmental and economic costs, and given the environmental and economic impacts of climate change, it is time to consider new alternative “lawnscapes” in urban planning as beneficial and sustainable alternatives.

Authors/Creators:Ignatieva, Maria and Hedblom, Marcus
Title:An alternative urban green carpet: How can we move to sustainable lawns in a time of climate change?
Series/Journal:Science (0036-8075)
Year of publishing :2018
Volume:362
Number:6411
Page range:148-149
Number of Pages:2
Place of Publication:London, UK
Publisher:Ubiquity Press
ISSN:0036-8075
Language:English
Publication Type:Other
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Keywords:lawns, urban environment, sustainability, lawnscapes, alternative lawns, grass
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-5108
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-5108
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1126/science.aau6974
Web of Science (WoS)000447337200025
ID Code:15753
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management

(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
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Deposited On:12 Nov 2018 10:04
Metadata Last Modified:15 Nov 2018 19:22

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