With the Olympics in full swing, we continue to highlight the remarkable environmental aspects of Rio de Janeiro or Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvelous City) that may be lost amid the negative media attention the city has received leading up to the games
Despite all the negative media and attitudes, Rio's Olympic Opening Ceremony provided a peek into one of the many reasons the Cidade Maravilhosa gets its name and an impressive environmental trait that not many other cities can claim.
The "Tenderloin National Forest" is likely one of the world's smallest "forests" -- it's just 23 feet wide by 136 feet deep -- but it is a refuge in one of the most densely-packed neighborhoods in the heart of San Francisco.
Trees help address climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon in tree roots, trunks, and branches. And urban forests provide additional positive environmental, health and community benefits.
City Park in New Orleans has mostly recovered from Katrina's wrath in 2005, and is building attractions to generate greens fees, entry tickets, concession sales, catering and equipment rentals to cover its operating expenses.