Biofuels threaten food security and environment

June 24, 2008,AEDT

Biofuels threaten food security and environment Less than two years ago few people knew about biofuels. Today, Indonesians are struggling to cope with the escalating costs of daily essentials, like rice, as the amount of agricultural land being used to produce this new source of energy increases. A combination of | Read More

EU Commission discusses soil degradation and climate change – Jerusalem Post

June 18, 2008,AEDT

The European Commission last week hosted a high-level conference on the relationship between soil and climate change, and the role of soil management in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Organic matter plays a fundamental role supporting soil fertility, retaining water, sustaining biodiversity and regulating the global carbon cycle. But organic | Read More

Tackling the Energy Monster – landscape architects in the news

June 16, 2008,AEDT

Other companies are trying to save on gas by buying hybrids. Rana Creek Habitat Restoration, a Carmel Valley, Calif., landscape-architecture and ecological-design firm with 32 employees, traded in four of its 10-auto fleet for various hybrids. They altogether cost about $130,000, but each uses only about $25 a week in | Read More

Ecotowns: for and against – Times Online

June 16, 2008,AEDT

The Times has published an insightful article about the ‘eco-towns’ proposed by the UK Government Ten new clean, green ‘eco-towns’ will be built by 2020. And pigs might fly, say critics. They argue that the government is bulldozing through a programme that will create the slum estates of the future | Read More

New green materials testing lab for Dubai – Xpress

June 15, 2008,AEDT

Dubai Municipality has established a new laboratory for testing green materials. The new initiative will be used for assessing the characteristics of these materials as per the international approved standard specifications, said Eng. Hawa Abdullah Bastaki, Director of Dubai Central Laboratory Department. She said the initiative is also in line | Read More

Seattle Treescape: A bigger canopy

June 13, 2008,AEDT

In a city that says it wants to restore its green, two Seattle City Council members have a good idea: Protect remaining groves of trees. Council President Richard Conlin and Councilwoman Sally Clark say the city needs to update Department of Planning and Development rules on protection of tree groves | Read More

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