Archive for May, 2007

Model – Denmark invests in offshore wind park

Posted in Models, Visions by fedwards on May 31st, 2007

Another world first as Denmark has started building the world’s largest offshore wind park in the North Sea with goals to generate 75% of its electricity needs with wind power by 2025. The planned production of 160 megawatts of electricity is enough to meet the needs of 150,000 homes for a year. This investment in alternative energy follows from the Danish Government’s plans announced in January to double the country’s renewable energies to at least 30% of all energy consumed in Denmark by 2025.
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Research – Green zones reduce effects of global warming in cities

Posted in Research by fedwards on May 30th, 2007

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Need more research to support increased green space in cities? A study recently released by the University of Manchester states that “a mere 10% increase in the amount of green space in built-up centres would reduce urban surface temperatures by as much as 4 degrees. The reduction in heat occurs due to a process called transpiration, when water evaporates from leaves and vegetation cooling the surrounding air. Dr Ennos, who worked on the project with Professor John Handley and Dr Susannah Gill states:
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Model – The first zero carbon, zero waste WALLED city in the world!

Posted in Models by fedwards on May 30th, 2007

Photographs have been recently released by Foster + Partners for the world’s first zero carbon and zero waste WALLED city in the world. Based in the Emirates Desert, the Masdar development in Abu Dhabi is a 6 km sq, car-free “walled-city” scheme. The Masdar project will be built in two stages, the first phase constructing a large photovoltaic power plant which will later become the basis for the city. Surrounding this centerpiece will be wind, photovoltaic farms, research fields and plantations which will contribute to the overall sustainability of the city. The development is set to open in late 2009. For more details about the project, visit the Worldchanging website.

Carbon neutral – “A bidding war between cities and states”

Posted in Uncategorized by fedwards on May 24th, 2007

Professor Peter Newton from Murdoch University, Australia, discusses "a bidding war between cities and states as to who can promise the most reductions and mandate the most renewables".

Republished from:
Doctors for the Environment Australia, 1 May 2007

A Carbon Neutral Country. What would it take for Australia to become a leader in greenhouse?
By Professor Peter Newman
Murdoch University

Carbon neutral is becoming the policy for innovative companies, individuals and even football teams. Can it be applied to a country?  What would it mean for Australia?

I have recently returned from a 6 month study trip which coincided with the remarkable increase in global awareness on climate change due largely to Al Gore and the Stern Report. Of course there was considerable work over 20-30 years by NGO’s, scientists and European politicians that laid the foundation for this awareness. Nevertheless the world tipped into carbon politics over the past 6 months.

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Network – The C40 Climate Summit and the Clinton Climate Initiative

Posted in Models, Movements by fedwards on May 24th, 2007

The C40 is a group of 40 of the world’s largest cities who work with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to deliver carbon emissions reductions and better energy efficiency to achieve greater sustainability and lessen the global impact of climate change. The CCI was launched in August 2006 by former President Clinton to “the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant ways”.

During the recent C40 Climate Summit in New York, former President Bill Clinton announced the creation of a global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, which brings together four of the world’s largest energy service companies (ESCOs), five of the world’s largest banks, and fifteen of the world’s largest cities in a landmark program designed to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings.
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Model – Solar cities and countries

Posted in Models, Movements, Visions by fedwards on May 18th, 2007

Cities of the future may rely upon a great deal of their energy from the sun. Over the last few months there have been increasing incentives and rising credibility in solar power as solar farms sprout up in Spain and the Silicon Valley, USA and South Korea, as technologies improve and as China emerges as a cheap, large-scale producer of photovoltaics.

In Spain, Europe’s first commercial concentrating solar power plant has opened near Seville. The solar farm has taken four years to build and has cost 35 million pounds (funded by the EU) and is estimated to general 11 megawatts of electricity during the day – enough to power around 11,000 homes. Visit The Ecologist website.
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Sustainble Cities –

Posted in Uncategorized by fedwards on May 16th, 2007

City Survey from The Economist, Monday, May 07, 2007

2007 is the first year in human history that more world population will live in cities, as opposed to rural areas. And this week, The Economist has decided to take a special look into the subject.

An ongoing migratory movement is presenting new challenges for urban planers, architects, and society in general. Last June, we were reporting about the matter due to the launching of UN-Habitat State of the World’s Cities Report 06/07.
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Event – Sustainable Cities and Villages International Conference, China

Posted in Events, Research by fedwards on May 15th, 2007

Please read an announcement below about the upcoming International Sustainable Cities and Villages conference.

Welcome to Dongsheng 2007!

This is an Announcement for the Sustainable Cities and Villages International Conference to be held in Dongsheng/Erdos, China, 27-31 August 2007 with a focus on Urban and Rural Ecological Sanitation, Organic Waste Management, and Agricultural Reuse. We invite project implementers, practitioners and researchers within the areas of urban and rural ecological and sustainable sanitation, organic waste management and agricultural reuse to share experiences and best practices at this conference.

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Sustainable Cities –, ICLEI Conference

Posted in Events, Models by fedwards on May 7th, 2007

A recording of an interview (Global warming, local solutions, 6 May 2007) by ABC National presenter, Peter Mares, with Wayne Wescott, CEO of ICLEI and Nick Burman, Mayor of Hornsby Shire, can be found here on the ABC National website discussing the recent ICLEI Conference. This is an international conference with leaders in local government, ICLEI and sustainable development attending from Australia and New Zealand. The interview mentions many local success stories as well as the relevance of decentralised energy and water systems. Note: the interview is the last of the segment, found just over halfway in the recording.

Movement – The World Health Organisation’s Healthy Cities movement

Posted in Models, Movements by fedwards on May 2nd, 2007

"Sustainable cities" refer to many things. They may represent green cities, smart cities, compact cities, 2-tier cities, future cities, knowledge cities, walkable cities or even transition or tidy towns. All in all, as "sustainability" refers to both social and environmental justice, these all are "healthy cities". The World Health Organisation’s Healthy Cities/ Communities Initiative acknowledges several of these aspects with their network that unites thousands of cities, towns and villages across the world.

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