Landscape work praised … but not red tape – Daily Post North Wales

The shadow rural affairs minister was invited by Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) to assess the environmental improvements being carried out by its tenant farmers.

“Farmers need to feel they are getting the support they need from the Assembly Government to help maintain Wales’ beautiful landscape.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Post North WalesLandscape work praised … but not red tape –

Green Spot provides an urban oasis – Metro.co.uk

… green displays are obviously high on the agenda in Liverpool at the moment, with Green Spot’s temporary woodland installation appearing in the courtyard of the newly refurbished Bluecoat centre, just a day ahead of another Biennial plantation by architect firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Both installations involve trees being planted on a temporary basis, though Green Spot is notable because of its hefty backing. The Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency are just two of the major partners working with communications firm Creative Concern to make the project happen. As such, Green Spot arrives with serious ambitions, above and beyond the usual artistic concepts involved in gallery-based displays.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Metro.co.ukGreen Spot provides an urban oasis

Wastewater fears for urban farms

Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned.

Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment.

read more @ the SOURCE: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Wastewater fears for urban farms.

Second biggest Green roof in North America nearing completion

With the completion next spring of the new convention centre in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, there will be a few blocks of new parkland added to the city — but they’re strictly for the birds and the bees.

The expansion project, west of the current convention centre, is being topped off with a 2.4-hectare green — or “living” — roof that covers the flat, sloping segmented roof, and will be the second-largest in North America, next to a Michigan Ford plant covered with grass patches.

SOURCE: The Province – Green roof boasts host of eco pros.

San Jose leaders try to reverse urban sprawl

Strip malls and low-rise office parks dominate the landscape of northern San Jose, but a long-term redevelopment plan could make over large swaths of the area along decidedly more urban lines.

Over the next three decades, the city wants to add more than 30,000 new homes and 80,000 jobs within walking distance of a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail line on North First Street.

Read more @ the SOURCE: SFgate.com – San Jose leaders try to reverse urban sprawl.

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