Richards to champion design in Wales – Design Week

The Design Commission for Wales has appointed Wendy Richards, former principal urban designer at Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited, as development director.

Wendy Richards

As an experienced urban designer and landscape architect, Richards has previously been involved in delivering a number of design projects, ranging from an urban park development in Hong Kong’s New Territories to the Riverfront Theatre in Newport.

Richards believes Wales has a unique opportunity to take a strong lead in innovative design in Europe through its use of sustainable design principles.

Richards to champion design in Wales – Design Week.

Rising seas could displace 150 million

In the projected 2070 rankings, Miami remains at the top of the list, with exposed assets rising from $400 billion to more than $3.5 trillion. But the rapid development expected in developing nations means future exposure will become more concentrated in Asia, the report predicts, with eight of the top ten located there. Guangzhou, China, is projected as the second most exposed city in terms of assets, followed by New York; Kolkata, India; Shanghai, China; Mumbai, India; Tianjin, China; Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand.

Report: Rising seas could displace 150 million – Pacific Business News (Honolulu):.

Considering the Urban Planet of 2050

What does New York City have in common with cities in Africa and Asia, like Mumbai, Seoul, Jakarta, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa? Population growth, aging and environmental pressures will transform these metropolises by 2050, according to a panel of experts who took up the issue of “sustainable cities” at a panel discussion.

Considering the Urban Planet of 2050 – City Room – Metro – New York Times Blog.

Green groups say Japan, Canada wavering on climate targets

Japan and Canada appear to be backing away from mandatory emissions cuts expected to be at the heart of a new global accord on fighting global warming, environmental groups said Wednesday.

The charge was levelled as nearly 190 nations met in the Indonesian resort of Bali, looking to take the first steps toward a new agreement to combat climate change when the current phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012.

AFP: Green groups say Japan, Canada wavering on climate targets.

France unveils Green Taxes

France’s environment ministry unveiled a system of green taxes on gas-guzzling cars and bonuses for cleaner vehicles, as part of a nationwide strategy to slash global warming emissions.

From January 1, any driver who buys a new car emitting more than 160 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (just over half a mile) will be charged a penalty of up to 2,600 euros (3,800 dollars).

The Times – Article.

Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune

Seeking a place in the vanguard of the battle against global warming, France last month unveiled a package of ambitious pledges that included a particularly bold proposition: An end to new highway construction.

Environmentalists cheered the development, but they are watching carefully. They want the government to publish specific measures by next March, and they also want to make sure that loopholes – such as allowing new roads to relieve congestion and promote safety – are not abused.

Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune.

Council Overrided As Housing Plan Wins Out

BUILDING 800 homes on green belt land will reduce the Bromley borough’s historic housing shortfall overnight’, according to a developer.

Asprey Homes won an appeal against Bromley Council’s decision to block a proposal to build on a 34-acre Blue Circle Site in Bromley Common.

Council Overrided As Housing Plan Wins Out

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