Urban beekeeping the new buzz?

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BBC NEWS reports

Disease, mites and fungal infections may be destroying our native colonies, but a plot has been hatched to restock their numbers on Britain’s urban rooftops and gardens.

Omlet, the firm which fuelled interest in urban chicken-rearing with its modern plastic Eglu coop, has launched the beehaus – a plastic hive aimed at urban dwellers.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Is urban beekeeping the new buzz?

Edinburgh Botanics staff move in as £16m visitor centre blooms

Scotsman.com reports

STAFF at the Botanics are today moving into their new £16 million home after completion of building work on the visitor centre. The striking John Hope Gateway will be officially opened to the public in October.

They will now spend the next two months installing exhibitions and planting a biodiversity garden outside the visitor centre.
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SOURCE: Scotsman.com – Edinburgh Botanics staff move in as £16m visitor centre blooms

Thirty one million Dutch Center for Biodiversity

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, stuffed animals and fossils, which Dutch Center for Biodiversity (NCB) in the top 5 global state. Moreover, a joint laboratory for DNA barcoding with the Central Bureau Schimmel Cultures, with offices in Leiden and Utrecht.

Het ministerie van OCW stelt 30 miljoen euro uit de aardgasbaten beschikbaar voor een initiatief van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universiteit Leiden en Wageningen Universiteit die samen met Naturalis één centrum voor biodiversiteit gaan vormen. Met het geld wordt een zeer omvangrijke, gezamenlijke collectie gevormd van 37 miljoen planten, gesteenten, opgezette dieren en fossielen, waarmee het Nederlands Centrum voor Biodiversiteit (NCB) wereldwijd in de top 5 staat. Bovendien wordt een gezamenlijk laboratorium voor DNA-barcoding opgezet met het Centraal Bureau voor Schimmelcultures, met vestigingen in Leiden en Utrecht.

SOURCE: Wageningen University, 03/08/09 VIA groeneruimte.nl (Netherlands)

Mayor (London) announces £4million plans to kick-start eco-innovation fund

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced proposals for a multi-million pound ‘London Green Fund’ to boost London’s low carbon economy, create jobs and tackle climate change.

The fund may also be targeted at decentralised energy and new waste technology initiatives – areas that have experienced difficulties in fulfilling their potential and would benefit from the fund’s pump priming function. The fund aims to leverage millions of pounds of private investment to enable the development of carbon-cutting infrastructure at the scale required to meet the Mayor’s 60 per cent carbon reduction target by 2025.

The green fund plans are contained in ‘Leading to a Greener London’, published by the Mayor detailing his environment and climate change priorities for London. The Mayor wants improve Londoners’ quality of life through an ambitious series of environmental improvements, tackling climate change, reducing pollution/improving air quality, consuming fewer resources and using resources more effectively which also exploit the new opportunities coming from developing a low carbon economy.

one of the pledges include:

Making London greener, cleaner and more civilised – 1500 of 10,000 new street trees already planted; 11 parks being revamped with £6million fund; Capital Growth delivering 2012 new food growing plots by 2012; expanding the East London across London; boosting green roofs and green walls; planning protection for existing green spaces; working with the boroughs to tackle litter, chewing gum and graffiti; boosting volunteering

SOURCE: Mayor of London

Fury as Irish deputy PM tells architects to reduce their fees – Architects Journal

Architects Journal reports

Architects have reacted angrily to Irish deputy prime minister Mary Coughlan’s claim that they are a sector that has yet to feel ‘the chill winds of economic reality’, and that they should be slashing fees to make the Republic more competitive.

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