Jerusalem deconstructed

Over the past three millennia Jerusalem has known its fair share of master builders, from Kings David, Solomon and Herod to Suleiman the Magnificent and mayor Teddy Kollek. But the city has also known a mirror-image legacy of monumental and municipal projects that were stillborn or abandoned.

Read more @ Jerusalem deconstructed | Jerusalem Post.

China: Going Green, Going It Alone

Clean-tech investors, like those that swarmed the U.N. headquarters last week, have been drooling over investment prospects in suddenly-green China. Maybe it’s time to curb the enthusiasm.

“China expects local capital to fund 90 percent of the infrastructure and other investment needed to meet its goal to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020,” a top Chinese environmental official told Reuters at a climate-change shindig in Monaco (following Bali and Honolulu, yet another hardship destination for climate negotiators.)

China recently passed a renewable-energy law similar to the European Union’s that mandates a big increase in the use of clean energy like wind- and solar power over the next decade. And in China, a big percentage increase means a big increase: To make wind power 10% of the installed electricity capacity — an amount that the wind industry says is realistic – China needs to install 120 gigawatts of wind turbines. Perspective check: That’s more wind power than currently installed worldwide, or two entire Spains, or roughly 120 mid-sized nuclear plants.

Environmental Capital – WSJ.com : China: Going Green, Going It Alone.

Urban Trees Survey

The largest ever survey of urban trees in England has been published.

The survey shows that although national tree health has improved markedly since the last survey in 1992, with trees being maintained much more regularly by councils, there has been a decline in the number of older trees in towns and cities and overall planting rates of new trees has fallen.

Trees play a key role in reducing the impacts of climate change in urban areas and are important to residents of towns and cities. The report found that most trees make a considerable or outstanding contribution to the quality of neighbourhoods.

Urban Trees Survey – article by Landscape Institute.

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America’s 50 Greenest Cities | Popular Science

America’s 50 Greenest Cities
Want to see a model for successful and rapid environmental action? Don’t look to the federal government—check out your own town. Here, our list of the 50 communities that are leading the way. Does yours make the cut?

America’s 50 Greenest Cities | Popular Science.

New guidance published to increase and improve London’s open and green spaces

The Mayor of London has published two reports to support the delivery of London Plan policies that are designed to protect, improve and create open spaces throughout London.

The first – ‘Supplementary Planning Guidance for the East London Green Grid’ – sets out how the open spaces in the east of the city should be enhanced as the area is transformed by both the 2012 Games and major regeneration planned in the coming decade.
New guidance published to increase and improve Londons open and green spaces.

The Green Grid provides a guide for developers and planners on how to deliver the network of interlinked, high quality open spaces that will connect the town centres, public transport hubs, the Thames and the surrounding countryside with the newly created communities planned for east London. This new guidance will help those planners and developers plan where and how the Grid should develop for the future.

The second – ‘Improving Access to Nature’ outlines how boroughs should plan policies for more access to nature in their development plan documents as well as encouraging and facilitating projects that significantly improve biodiversity in parks and open spaces.

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