Top scientists join calls to save threatened red gum forests

Sydney Morning Herald reports

MORE than 50 leading scientists from around Australia have written to the Premier, Nathan Rees, asking him to protect the iconic Riverina red gum forests by creating huge national parks in south-western NSW and increasing the flow of water to them from the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers

The letter, signed by 57 scientists, warns that the red gum forests and their wetlands are in poor health. It says the Government needs to ”act swiftly to hasten the much-needed repair and protection of these precious river red gum wetland forests by protecting them in new parks and reserves”.

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald – Top scientists join calls to save threatened red gum forests

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Ecological Agriculture: can it feed the world?

The latest edition of the Monthly Review (November 2009, Volume 61, Number 6) includes a paper from Jules Pretty is professor of environment and society at the University of Essex, UK. titled Can Ecological Agriculture Feed Nine Billion People?

Below is an extract from the paper

Something is wrong with our agricultural and food systems.Despite great progress in increasing productivity in the last century, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry and malnourished. Further hundreds of millions eat too much, or consume the wrong sorts of food, and it is making them ill. The health of the environment suffers too, as degradation of soil and water seems to accompany many of the agricultural systems we have developed in recent years. Can nothing be done, or is it time for the expansion of an agriculture founded more on ecological principles and in harmony with people, their societies, and cultures?

Read the full paper at the [SOURCE: MonthlyReview – Can Ecological Agriculture Feed Nine Billion People?]

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Hong Kong Building regulations under review

news.com.hk reports

The Council for Sustainable Development will recommend ways to deal with the problem of ‘inflated’ buildings in the first half of next year, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam says, adding the Government will review parking space proportions in buildings. As Hong Kong has a comprehensive railway system which will continue to develop, the Government needs to study parking space demand in buildings.

SOURCE: Hong Kong Government – news.com.hk – Building regulations under review

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Urban panel will transform the face of our cities – India

Times of India reports

The proposed new urbanization commission and its exciting range of reforms is set to herald urban development in the state in the coming months. There could be simultaneous amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act.

In the draft urban development policy released by the government recently, one of the most important suggestions is to get rid of the many urban development authorities and major functions to be entrusted on the local government body.

read the full article at the SOURCE:Times of India – Urban panel will transform the face of our cities

New sample designs for Sydney railway stations

Rozelle Station - Design Team 1

Rozelle Station - Design Team 1 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Sydney Metro have released sample designs for Pyrmont and Rozelle metro stations are now online following a second successful design principles workshop.

The three different visions for how the stations might look were developed during the workshop process, which was held to develop draft design principles to guide future station design.

The draft principles cover a range of issues including built form, materials, heritage, public art and landscaping. They will help ensure that stations are user-friendly for passengers, visually attractive and fit in with the surrounding area.

The NSW Government Architect and Chairman of Sydney Metro’s Design Review Panel, Peter Mould, said the sample designs had been developed by three design teams each comprising a top architect, landscape architect and public artist in order to test the design principles.

For more renders and information go to the [SOURCE: Sydney Metro]

Team 1
Tim GreerTonkin Zulaikha Greer
Leonard LynchClouston Associates
Ruth Downes – Design at Work

Team 2
Keith CottierAllen Jack  + Cottier
Adrian McGregor – mcgregor+coxall
Julia Davis – Artist

Team 3
Richard Francis-JonesFrancis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Ingrid MatherJMD Design
Michael Snape – Sculptor

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Rozelle Station - Team 2

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Rozelle Station - Team 3

Rozelle Station - Design Team 3 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

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