Urban Jungle review: The new challenge of cities teeming with life

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Urban Jungle
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THE Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, agreed by about 190 countries last year, pledges to reform environmental subsidies, ensure large businesses declare their effect on biodiversity and conserve 30 per cent of the planet – all by 2030. But the document doesn’t mention cities.

In Urban Jungle: Wilding the city, historian Ben Wilson shows just what an omission this is. He describes how “real nature” was once thought to exist only in countryside, reserves, …

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