Natural England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have published Green Belts: a Greener Future. The first major survey of the environmental state of Green Belt land and the benefits it provides for people and wildlife.
Helen Phillips, Natural England’s Chief Executive, said: “By containing urban sprawl, the Green Belt has been a great success story of post-war planning. We need to look at ways in which it can expand on its success to date and play a full role in supporting England’s wider network of protected areas and open spaces. The Green Belt is an important environmental resource that, managed effectively, can help tackle climate change, support wildlife and provide health and leisure opportunities for millions to enjoy.”
Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive of CPRE, said: “This report confirms that the countryside around our largest and most historic towns and cities is a vital, but fragile, environmental asset. We must continue to strengthen our Green Belts and make full use of the opportunities they provide to allow people to appreciate their local countryside. Where Green Belt land is underused, or in poor condition, the answer is to improve its quality, not to build on it.”
30 million people live in or next to Green Belts which cover 13% of the land surface of England.
Download website for Summary and Full Report of Green Belts: a Greener Future
[SOURCE: Natural England]
The principal government of Miyi County in Sichuan Province, China, just north of Kunming, has started construction on the first phase of a 330-hectare (1.3 square miles) new-town designed by SWA Group’s Los Angeles office utilizing historical ecologies as well as technology innovation to create a more sustainable community.
One of the largest of many city design competitions won by SWA, the Anning River new-town will include higher-density housing and commercial areas as well as preserved agricultural practices, parks and recreation zones. When complete, the new South Miyi County, also known as New South Town, would be home to up to 100,000 people via new construction of 2.3 million square meters of building area and 20,000 units of housing. North Miyi is already home to 500,000 people.
[SOURCE: Businesswire – SWA Group Wins Design for Anning River New Town for 100,000 People Starting Construction Near Kunming, China]
Continue reading SWA urban design project in Anning, China starts construction
Australian scientists have announced the world’s first successful large-scale restoration of a coastal wetland being devastated by acid runoff.
The acid crisis at East Trinity began in the 1970s, when developers drained and cleared 800 hectares of tidal wetland to grow sugarcane. This dried out underlying acid sulfate soils causing them to release slugs of acid whenever they were soaked by rain, leading to fish kills and loss of wetlands which alarmed local residents.
A dramatic improvement in environmental conditions has been achieved by researchers working on the trial Hills Creek catchment at the East Trinity site near Cairns in Queensland, using a combination of natural tidal action and strategic treatment with lime.
Mangrove and wetlands are returning, birdlife is flocking to the area and fish abound in creeks that once ran so acid that nothing could survive in them. Having first demonstrated success in the trial catchment, remediation is underway on the remainder of the site.
[SOURCE: CRCCARE -World-first clean-up of acid wetlands]
Continue reading Wetlands restored after long term acid runoff
Autodesk has launched a online guide and game to educate the public about buildings, carbon footprint through a online game called Retrofits. Autodesk uses gameplay to educate people about buildings and how retrofitting with double glazing, solar panels and other features can reduce the carbon fooprint of a building.
The guide - Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction for its Autodesk products is interesting as it creates an easier way to determine what products are best for retrofits, new buildings and determining goals. The list is also useful as BIM becomes more and more apart of a designers toolbox.
[SOURCE: Archdaily – Autodesk Launches Online Game on Green Building]
During the Convention for Biological Diversity being held in Jakarta from November 30 to December 2, representatives from about 200 companies worldwide in mining, fisheries, construction, forestry, tourism and cosmetics business released a draft charter called the Jakarta Charter which will requires companies to integrate biodiversity into their business strategies to reduce poverty and increase sustainable development.
Jakarta Post cited Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as saying
“The Jakarta Charter will be open for signatures to all companies in the world that adhere to its principle,”…..
He said the Jakarta Charter on Business and Biodiversity would be submitted for adoption at the convention’s meeting in Japan in Oct 2010.
Executive director of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, Rodrigo Fuentes, told reporters that biodiversity loss was a forgotten crisis in the region that received little attention in the media.
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