The Sounds and Smells…and Costs…of Urban Ecosystem Servicing

Did you know that gas lawn mowers represent 5% of U.S. air pollution? Or that a new gas mower operating for one hour produces as much volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides as 8 new cars each being driven for one hour at 55 mph?

Dr. Pincetl recently wrote a post for the collective blog on cities as ecological spaces, The Nature of Cities.  In her post she explores often hidden ecological costs  and describes how “the senses are assaulted by the banal and routine activities involved in “maintaining” our urban green space, ensuring it is orderly and well tended, controlled and clean.”

The full post is available here.