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When wild animals in our midst become celebrities

A very short piece for you this week, inspired by the story of Barry the owl, a much-loved and nonchalant female barred owl from Central Park in New York.

A brown and white owl sitting on a branch, looking at the camera.
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What would a truly nature-friendly city be like?

In the city of Milan, Italy, two tower blocks garlanded with greenery rise from their surroundings. The architect that designed these buildings, Boeri Studio, christened them Bosco Verticale, or “vertical forest” – a demonstration of how urban structures could be so much greener than we’re used to.

What would a truly nature-friendly city be like?