IT’S WILD, it’s out there and it matters to almost everybody, even if they hardly ever see it. Scotland’s remote and untamed mountains, moors and glens have been given overwhelming backing in a major new poll for the conservation agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
Over 90% of people interviewed said they thought it important for Scotland to have wild places. Of the 1304 who were questioned, only six suggested wild land was not important.
More than 60% of Scottish residents said that action was needed to protect wild areas from being damaged by modern buildings, bulldozed tracks, mobile phone masts, electricity pylons or wind turbines. About 50% thought that wild places were under threat.
SOURCE: Sunday Herald – Majority Of Scots Values Scotlands Wild Places And Wants Action To Protect Them
Residents in 23 towns and cities in England are to be given the chance to monitor noise levels in their area using interactive maps.
A Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website shows the level of environmental noise from road and rail networks in the areas.
Users can search by postcode to monitor noise levels. The 23 areas include London, Manchester and Sheffield.
SOURCE: BBC NEWS - UK - Maps chart noise in urban areas.
The soaring number of eco-communities and eco-homes have resulted in a growing demand for sustainable materials.
One company that has benefited enormously from the boom is T Mawr, a traditional and ecological building company based in Brecon, which began growing rapidly in 2005 and has doubled in size every year since. Its workforce of four in 2000 has increased to 22 this year.
After concerns about the amount of sand extracted and dredged in the UK – 70 million tonnes and 12 million tonnes a year respectively – it pioneered the development of glaster and limecrete, natural alternatives to plaster and concrete, made from glass and lime respectively.
In November, the company launched Welsh sheep’s wool as a means of insulation and now sells 10 million tons of it every month.
Read more @ the SOURCE: icWales – Meeting the demand for sustainable materials– Author Steffan Rhys
Only a few years ago, anyone who suggested growing plants on a roof might have been dismissed as a complete crank. Not any more.
Sedum on roof
The Botanical Roof Garden, Augustenborg, Sweden
Green roofs have started to appear on new buildings up and down the country with remarkable speed. Most feature a thin layer of the amazingly resilient hardy succulent plant, the sedum. Several different kinds are used, with leaves in a variety of different colours: yellow, green, red and bronze.
Grass and turf roofs are still not that common in this country. It’s a different story in Scandinavia, which has a long tradition of using turf, not least because it makes perfect practical sense: the layer of soil and grass insulates against cold winter weather, and protects the roof from wind damage.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – Up on the roof garden – .
Freescale Semiconductor has set June 6th as the deadline for entries to its European design challenge, which this year is targeted at projects that encourage innovation in environmental design and offers incentives to encourage designers to “go green.”
Five finalists will receive $1,000 each. The first place winner of the European and all regional Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) design challenges will receive $10,000, second place receives $5,000 and third place receives $2,000.
SOURCE: Embedded.com – Freescale unveils $61,000 Green.