SINGAPORE is taking a unique approach to conserving its biodiversity and is doing well, an expert said yesterday.
Unlike many other countries, it makes its natural biodiversity accessible to the public through nature parks such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and parks in urban areas, said Harvard physician Aaron Bernstein at the start of the inaugural Asean Conference on Biodiversity yesterday………
Read more @ the [SOURCE: asiaone – Singapore conserving biodiversity well: Expert]
Central Sydney(Newspaper) reports
“The plan is to make Chippendale into an urban farm with food available where we live and work and even growing vines on otherwise hot empty walls,” Mr Mobbs said.
Meanwhile, more than half the land used by Sydney’s market gardens is likely to disappear under developers bulldozers in the next 20 years, a NSW Government report has found.
Read more at the [SOURCE: Central Sydney(Newspaper) – Growers’ markets taking root in inner Sydney]
Improper planning and undefined demarcations for business and residential areas in Bangalore is one of the main reasons that impedes the existence of a vibrant night life in the city, said Shankar Bidari, Police Commissioner, Bangalore.
via Flawed urban planning impeding night life.
BBC NEWS reports
Conservationists at the Skinflats RSPB sanctuary, near Falkirk, are preparing to allow sea water to flood the site.
They hope to create saline pools and salt marshes, boosting the the number of birds and otters on the reserve.
The £150,000 project is also designed to alleviate pressure along the coast, which has suffered from flooding.
read more at the SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Project to create wetland habitat.
Green building geeks now have a more powerful tool for developing next-gen building designs with minimal environmental impact. Software engineers at the Energy Dept.’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched this week an update of their plug-in for Sketch Up, open-source 3D building modeling tool. With a growing list of features, the latest version of the free OpenStudio plug-in will enable architects to create more detailed simulations of their designs’ energy efficiency……”
read the full article at the SOURCE: Green Building’s Open-Source Push – BusinessWeek.
Green walls are becoming more and more common place in cities across the world. However, they are usually implemented as apart of a new architectural design rather than an existing building. Until recently when a 2,380 square-foot, six storey high green wall was installed by PNC on their existing corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. The wall is a modular design and is two foot by two foot panels(approx. 600 x 600mm). The wall was installed by Green Living Technologies and according to the video below is the largest green wall in North America and is planted with different plant species that will create an evergreen wall all year around.
According to the report by Sarah Amandolare at Finding Dulcinea
The average cost per square foot of green wall is between $100 and $125, according to George Irwin of Green Living Technologies LLC
The State reports
Tucked away in a three-acre former vacant lot in Rosewood between an empty warehouse and an industrial laundry is an odd sight: an organic farm and fish hatchery.
From worm dirt up, architect Robbie McClam is creating a closed-loop system to grow micro-greens, vegetables and, eventually, two-pound tilapia fish.
Read more at the SOURCE: via The State – Part of green movement, farm sprouts in city