Foster + Partners is one of eight leading companies launching a report today warning of the grave risks posed by a 2013 peak in oil production. The Oil Crunch: Securing the UK’s Energy Future is published by the newly-formed UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security, and is the first multi-company alarm bell to be sounded on the issue. The report urges the government to prioritise the peak oil threat, dramatically increase investment in clean energy and renewables and develop and implement a long-term transport strategy, founded on renewable energy sources.
SOURCE: Foster + Partners.
As part of its efforts to reduce pollution and create alternative sources of energy to meet growing demand, the city of Dubai has launched a major initiative to harness solar energy.
SOURCE: The Hindu News Update Service.
In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.
SOURCE: Indiana University – Neighborhood greenness has long term positive impact on kids’ health.
A reported plan to build a massive research facility with 10,000 people at Pinjarra Hills, west of Brisbane, is simply a “hypothetical” exercise formulated by urban planning students at the University of Queensland.
SOURCE: BrisbaneTimes – ‘Brain city’ a student assignment – Queensland –