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The UK’s greenest cities revealed Glasgow comes last

Glasgow was ranked at the bottom in a study looking at how green Britain’s cities are and how a lack of “greenness” is linked to problems such as ill health and crime.

The survey found that out of 68 city centers in the UK, Glasgow was at the bottom, while five cities in southern England were at the top.

Exeter, Islington, Bristol, Bournemouth and Cambridge ranked highest in terms of greenery, vegetation and parks.

Cities in the previously industrialized north of the country ranked lowest, followed by Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Middlesbrough and Glasgow.

Cities with lower scores were found to have higher levels of ill-health, economic situation, education, crime and other effects of deprivation.

Study author and European microbial ecologist and Flinders University assistant professor of science, Dr Jake Robinson, said the new research is significant because it focuses on “city centers where people from all walks of life spend a lot of time for work, leisure and shopping.”

He said: “While people’s lives improve their city’s greenery, many cities have high densities of trees in suburban areas, but not in their urban centers.

“Unsurprisingly, urban centers with more tree cover and vegetation, public green spaces including parks and sports fields, developed after a greater focus on urban planning rather than urban sprawl and industrial development, and now have an overall lower deprivation, including measures of human health.

Urban centers with a larger population were also characterized by less forest cover and a lower indicator of the normalized vegetation difference.

Dr Paul Brindley, co-author of the study from the University of Sheffield, said differences in inner-city greenery across the UK should be taken more into account in city planning.

“This work can aid the efforts of local authorities and urban planners to monitor greening interventions and stimulate urban greenery in a more equitable way,” he said.

New projections suggest that by 2050, nearly 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities.

This increase in urbanization is global, putting increasing pressure on biodiversity and human health.

This includes an increase in harmful air and other gas and particulate pollution, as well as habitat degradation.

The study concludes: “The need to re-imagine and re-develop our urban city centers due to digital purchasing technologies and societal changes provides an important opportunity to explicitly consider increasing the biodiversity of urban centers.

A study by PLOS One assessed urban centers with larger populations of over 100,000 people to create a measure of urban ecosystems and vegetation and human health, social equity and biodiversity.

It was led by researchers from Flinders University, the University of Sheffield, the University of Melbourne and the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria.


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