Author Archives: matt

To kill a mockingbird

Roxana Robinson writes in the International Herald Tribune, ‘And if that mockingbird don’t sing’. She writes; I live on an ordinary city block: concrete and pavement, urban and austere. Behind our apartment building there’s a meager garden space, hollowed out … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiversity, Climate change, Disease, Media, Nature & Conservation, Sustainablity, Urban, US, Wildlife | Tagged , | 13 Comments

Obama organics and a white house

CNN article First lady Michelle Obama helped break ground on a new White House organic “kitchen garden” Friday. It will be the first working garden at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a so-called “victory garden” at the height … Continue reading

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Breathingearth.net; track population & CO2 data

Visit breathingearth.net There you will find an interactive map showing a simulation of world and country population figures, as well as CO2 emissions. The population figures adjust all the time for birth and death rates for each country, adjusting the global … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon footprint, Climate change, Development, Economics, Education, Energy, Extreme weather, Food & Agriculture, Information portal, Population, Poverty, Sustainablity, UN | Tagged | 2 Comments

Corporates hug around the camp fire as party budgets implode.

IHT Article Last week, the Treasury Department announced new regulations for financial services companies receiving U.S. government bailout money, barring “excessive or luxury items” at corporate conferences and events. And members of Congress are proposing legislation along the same lines. Even … Continue reading

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‘Velib extreme’ – the Paris cycle scheme update.

BBC Article JCDecaux, the company that runs the cycle hire scheme, says it can no longer afford to operate the city-wide network. Over half the original fleet of 15,000 specially made bicycles have disappeared, presumed stolen. They have been used … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Design, EU, Funding, Politics & Policy initiatives, Sustainablity, Technology, Thinking outside the box, Transport, Youth | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

US protest against coal / US wind power overtook coal in 2008.

image: the Capitol Power Plant to the right (behind road signs), not far from Capitol Hill US Protest. A national coalition of more than 40 environmental, public health, labor, social justice and other advocacy groups today announce plans to engage in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Energy, Information portal, Politics, Pollution, Protest, US, Wind power | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Shortlist for Severn estuary energy plans

Article A proposed shortlist of schemes to harness renewable energy from the tides of the Severn estuary has been announced by the UK Government. Five projects have been selected from 10 examined over the last six months. Among these is … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Design, Economics, Energy, Nature & Conservation, Planning, Politics, Protest, Renewables, Sustainablity, Technology, UK, Water, Wildlife | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Govts invest in environment as way out of economic crisis

Article “The high emissions, debt-driven, resource intensive (economic) model is dying,” says Mr de Boer, who heads negotiations within the UN climate convention. “Unlimited growth on a planet with finite resources cannot go on forever,” said Eberhard von Koerber, co-president … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Carbon trading, China, Climate change, Economics, Energy, EU, Politics, Renewables, Science, Sustainablity, UK, US | Tagged , , , | 19 Comments

Low Carbon Buildings Programme: funding

Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Phase 2 Key information Funding area: UK wide Status: Open for applications Next Application Deadline: 30/06/2009 Full scheme details Start date: 10/03/2008 Outline: Charities and community organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants through the … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Buying Green, Carbon footprint, Design, Energy, Funding, Information portal, Renewables, Sustainablity, Technology, UK | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Eco-houses for Peterborough

A scheme to build almost 350 high quality environmentally friendly homes has been unveiled in Peterborough. Organisers said 35% of the houses will be affordable and there will also be open spaces and areas for retail and community use. The … Continue reading

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