England to recover 2000 hectares of wetland

Natural England(independent public body) has committed £4million of funding to recover close to 2000 hectares of wetland. The funds will be distributed to organisatons such as the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB who will work with the Environment Agency and English Heritage to manage re-wetting the land.

Dr Helen Phillips, Chief Executive for Natural England: said: “It may be hard to imagine, but England was once a much wetter place than it is today. Around 90 percent of the soft and squelchy bogs and marshes have been lost over the last 1000 years. Healthy wetlands are a unique and vital habitat for wildlife and provide fantastic places for people to visit.

Wetland projects to receive funding over the next two years include the East Anglian fens, Humberhead Levels, Midlands Meres and Mosses, Morecambe Bay Wetlands, the Somerset Levels and the River Till in Northumberland*

SOURCE: Natural England

Drought blamed for dead trees in Texas

Currently the drought is continuing in Texas and as a result hundreds of Austin’s 300,000 trees have died this summer due to drought. Native species such as live oak and hackberry have perished due to drought and an intense summer. Currently Austin is cutting down the dead city trees and making them into mulch for use on other trees.  Residents are being advised to soak trees with 5 gallons of water per week for every inch of tree trunk caliper.

SOURCE: Dallas News.com – Drought blamed for dead trees in Texas

St.Petersburg could lose its UNESCO status *UPDATE*

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St. Peterburg, Russia could lose its UNESCO status as a World Heritage Centre if the plans of the world’s biggest natural gas company to build a 396 metre (1,299 ft) skyscaper go ahead. The $3 billion building designed by RMJM has still not been approved by the local government.

SOURCE: Bloomberg

*UPDATE*

1. Opponents of the Okhta Center, also known as the Gazprom Tower, filed a lawsuit late last week asking the court to cancel an upcoming public hearing as “illegal.” SOURCE: St.Petersburg Times

2. St. Petersburg residents on Tuesday (01.09.09) clashed with police and OAO Gazprom security guards during a public hearing over the plan to erect the tallest skyscraper in Europe. Around 12 people who attended Tuesday’s meeting were removed, as calls of ‘shame on Gazprom’ rung in the air. SOURCE: Architect’s Journal

Jakarta City calls for help to keep green space

Jakarta City administrators seem to have thrown in the towel claiming that the 650 sq km city is to big to manage with too few city workers and audit team to manage and police development in the city. The city is asking the private sector to help manage buildings in the city and surrounding green spaces. The current green space in the city is 9.97% whereas the plan drawn up in 2000 mandated a minimum 13.49% by 2010.
The Jakata Globe quoted Nirwono Joga, head of the Indonesia Landscape Architecture Study Group, said

“his group and the Indonesian Association of Planners were both ready to step in and form audit teams for the green space supervision program next year.”

SOURCE: Jakata Globe – City calls for help to keep green space

Rooftop Gardens of the World – Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is looking for submission of photos of the green roofs around the world. The photos are being ranked by users to determined the 8 Rooftop Gardens from around the world. Its easy to enter just find the address of the project and then upload a photo and give a quick description of the roof.

Some of the current top 8 includes roofs include Acros Fukuoka Building, Japan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Waldspirale, Germany, Marriot Hotel, Victoria Canada for the other top 8 roofs and to add yours go to the SOURCE: Huffington Post – 8 Rooftop Gardens From Around The World

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