Category Archives: Politics & Policy initiatives

Toronto’s Green Roof Bylaw

From: http://www.myessentia.com/blog/toronto/files/2011/04/3763807210_aabec70b53.jpg Toronto is the first city in North America to require green roofs by law and has now passed into its third phase. All new buildings with a floor area of 2,000 sq metres are required to devote 20-60% … Continue reading

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Guyana’s plan to preserve its rain forest.

From the New York Times ; In Guyana, where pristine rain forest still covers 75 percent of the land, and barely 750,000 people live in a country roughly the size of Britain, a young economist-turned-president is pushing a development model based … Continue reading

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This week’s environment news.

News for this week from Low CarbonEconomy.com Scottish Power turns on largest onshore wind farm in Europe Europe’s largest onshore wind power project has commenced operation in Scotland.     Bacteria used to create ethanol for biofuels US research suggests … 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

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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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Update: Design for Manufacture – the £60,000 home.

In 2006 the UK government launched a competition for developers to come forward with a realistic plan to built cheap eco-homes. A percentage would have to be affordable to first time buyers and some would be available for social housing. … Continue reading

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Green Reflections

Looking back over 2008 in terms of climate change, there hasn’t been enough news to give us hope but to take a brief (very brief) look back at some of the green news that comes to mind, here are a … Continue reading

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