Urban gardens are changing the landscape of food

August 5, 2009,AEDT

Rocky Mount Telegram reports The most idealistic of advocates envision cities and towns that burst with food, be it from skyscraper roofs, apartment balconies, back alleys or repurposed plastic tubs. In this world, people plan their meals around what’s in season, relegating supermarket trips to coffee, wheat and other staples | Read More

Local Stone banned by Council for being reflective

August 5, 2009,AEDT

Reported today by 3 News New Zealand that the Otago District Council is banning Oamaru Stone as a building material as it is too bright and reflective. One has to wonder if the local council has heard of sustainable design? To ban a locally sourced product that has reflective and | Read More

Thirty one million Dutch Center for Biodiversity

August 3, 2009,AEDT

The Ministry of Education suggests 30 million euros from the natural gas available for an initiative of the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and Wageningen University together with Naturalis a center for biodiversity to form. With the money is a very large, joint collection consisting of 37 million plants, rocks, | Read More

Urban water ecology at the ESA annual meeting

August 3, 2009,AEDT

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) are holding their annual meeting in Albuquerque Convention Center: The researchers will present their results in the following sessions at the Albuquerque Convention Center: Luis Fernando Chaves: Urban Ecosystems Poster Session, Thurs., Aug. 6, 5-7 p.m. Tessa Francis: Urban Ecosystems Oral Session, Mon., August | Read More

Tree protection measure requires flexibility

August 3, 2009,AEDT

Just read Chris Grygiel of Seattlepi.com blog post about the new tree measure in Seattle that could grant developers exemption for retaining trees if the trees preclude or prohibit the development of the site. This new tree protection measure seems a ham-fisted attempt at protecting trees which are in current | Read More

Argentine Rodent Devastating US Wetlands

August 3, 2009,AEDT

Nutria is a rodent – Image Source – Flickr: blmurch VOANews.com reports Billions of dollars are spent every year in the United States in an attempt to control invasive species. Plants and animals brought legally and illegally into the country, have created extensive damage to the ecosystem and the economy. | Read More

Damage control – Haaretz

July 30, 2009,AEDT

Haaretz reports The planners behind the recently opened section of Road 6 did their best to reduce the highway’s impact on the environment but admit that ‘irreversible damage’ was done The planning concept included a comprehensive approach to landscape, out of a desire to minimize damage to plant and animal | Read More

Spark Sets Eyes On China – Spark Design & Architecture Awards

July 30, 2009,AEDT

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 29, 2009 — Spark Design & Architecture Awards is extending its role in the booming Chinese design industry through SparkChina. These new awards will help Chinese creative teams raise their profile globally. The Spark Awards is open to global entries from design, advertising and media | Read More

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