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Solar panels: a clear & present threat to this and future generations?

Paula Owen

18th August 2014

An array of solar panels on a Chiswick side street, facing a brewery wall, constitute a threat to the quality of life of future generations, according to the council and a planning inspector. Paula Owen begs to differ, and wonders - exactly what kind of mushroom have they been smoking? more...
Air Pollution Level 5, London, April 30 2014. Photo: David Holt via Flickr.

London, B'ham, Leeds will not get clean air until after 2030

The Ecologist

10th July 2014

The UK will break nitrogen dioxide limits until after 2030, EU judges were told today. And now the 'secret' information is public - accidentally published on a Government website, while lawyers were asking judges to keep it secret. more...
Could high speed railways transform the economy of England's ailing North? Photo: trains at Manchester Piccadilly station by Roger Marks.

Put high speed rail where it can really help - in the North of England

Ian Wray

30th June 2014

High speed railways connecting Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Huddersfield and Sheffield could transform the economy of the north of England, writes Ian Wray - creating a new mega-city that could challenge London's over-dominance. more...
Otero Agamemnon speaking at the Renewable Energy conference, 2013.

Agamemnon Otero, renewable dynamo

Lucy Anna Scott

23rd June 2014

Repowering London is an energising force - not just making renewable energy projects happen, but engaging communities to finance them, training young people to install them, and ensuring the benefits stay local. Lucy Anna Scott meets the dynamic Agamemnon Otero ... more...
These air conditioners in Shibuya, near Tokyo, are only adding to summer temperatures. Photo: Amir Jina via Flickr.

Aircon: keeping cool raises the city heat

Tim Radford

16th June 2014

Increasing use of air conditioners to stay cool is making entire cities warmers in a 'vicious circle' of increasing energy use and discomfort, writes Tim Radford. more...
This iceberg in the Amundsen Sea was once part of a glacier. Photo: NASA HQ PHOTO via Flickr.

Antarctica's ice collapse threatens metres of sea level rise within decades

Dady Cherry

26th May 2014

Scientists know that if Antarctica's ice sheets and glaciers collapse, sea levels could rise 5 metres. But the idea that it will take 200 years to happen is based on a linear model, writes Dady Cherry. In fact, the process is exponential - and could take place 'within decades'. more...
'The Phoenix Flowers' by 7N Architects and RankinFraser Landscape Architecture for the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership. Photo: Dave Morris Source: Contemporist.

Greening London's motorways

Marco Picardi

22nd May 2014

Elevated urban highways epitomise the dark side of vehicular mobility - polluting, visually brutal, noisy, and contributing to local 'heat islands', writes Marco Picardi. So let's re-engineer them for people and create imaginative urban spaces we can all enjoy! more...
White roofs are widespread in Bermuda, where they help keep buildings cool under the hot sun. Photo: Acroterion / Wikimedia Commons.

Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

Gurdane Virk

15th April 2015

As the world inexorably warms, Roger Kemp shows how we can help to keep our buildings cool with roof gardens - or just with white paint. And if enough people do it, entire cities will become more cooler, more pleasant places to be when hot weather hits ... more...
Hasankeyf, a 10,000 year old city in Turkey's Kurdish region, is due to be flooded by the Ilusu dam - giving common cause to the Kurdish minority, and environmental activists. Photo: Omer Unlu via Flickr.com.

After Gezi, a new eco-democratic alliance challenges Erdogan

Rosa Wild

26th March 2014

Turkey's Gezi Park protestors are finding common cause with Kurdish communities, writes Rosa Wild. Both are suffering from Erdogan's annihilation of land, forests, parks and cities in pursuit of economic growth. A new eco-democratic resistance is taking root. more...
Tree losing its leaves in the Beijing smog. Photo:  Philip McMaster via Flickr.com.

Beijing's $5bn tree project - will it cut pollution?

Jun Yang

16th March 2014

Beijing is to plant trees over an area 200 times the size of Central Park in the city's latest effort to neutralise its choking pollution. But Jun Yang asks - how much will the trees really help, unless accompanied by drastic reductions in emissions? more...
London's pollution is less visible, but it's still there and it's still deadly. Nelson's Column during the Great Smog of 1952. Photo: N T Stobbs / Wikimedia Commons.

British cities deserve clean air!

Caroline Allen

16th March 2014

Air pollution in London and other British cities is intolerable, writes Caroline Allen. Faced with the same deadly problem Paris has just imposed restrictions on cars - but here politicians do nothing. It's time to elect some who will act for public health! more...
Curitiba's train-length buses simplify sustainable transit for the masses. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Curitiba: the Greenest city on Earth

Brian Barth

15th March 2014

Football fans around the globe have their eyes set on Curitiba, Brasil this year, the site of the 2014 World Cup. But as Brian Barth reports, eco-savvy urban planners have been studying Brasil's seventh largest city for decades ... more...

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Skateboarders - banned at the stroke of bureaucrats pen. Photo: Norma Desmond via Flickr.com.

Public space - we must defend our freedoms!

Josie Appleton

21st January 2014

Laws handing sweeping new powers to police and private security to restrict access to Britain's public space will extinguish the diversity of civic life, writes Josie Appleton. Time for us to rediscover and defend our freedoms! more...
An illustration of a resilient architecture: fossils of a marine ecosystem from the Permian period, about 250 to 300 million years ago. These ecosystems were resilient enough to endure dramatic changes over millions of years. Image by Professor Mark A. Wi

The biological basis of resilient cities

Michael W. Mehaffy & Nikos A. Salingaros

25th January 2014

Biological systems offer design strategies for successfully adapting to an age of climate change and resource depletion. Insights from nature will be essential in creating a green and sustainable future for humankind. more...
Food to share! Photo: Incredible Edible.

Incredible Edible Todmorden

Julian Dobson

1st January 2014

Todmorden in Yorkshire's Calder Valley has been transformed by free food growing on its streets, parks and even its rooftops. Julian Dobson tells the inspiring story of Incredible Edible and how the transformational project is going global .... more...
Beltline park - Atlanta comes full circle to embrace alternative transit and sustainable development.

Urban eco-repair in the Deep South

Brian Barth

6th December 2013

A bold project encompassing clean air, a light rail system, open spaces, and green pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, is beginning to transform some of America's poorest and most polluted communities. As Brian Barth reports, the Atlanta Beltway is taking shape. more...

Greening of our cities

by Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt introduces Bristol BIG Green Week and reflects on how it is our cities that now lead the way in sustainability. more...
Richmond Upon Thames

Top 10… green places to live

Rebecca Campbell

30th March, 2012

From great public transport to carbon reduction initiatives, the UK’s towns and cities are making strides towards becoming greener places to live. Rebecca Campbell takes a closer look at the most impressive more...
wall street

The Art of Mindful Walking: how to walk in the city

Adam Ford

15th July, 2011

From towpaths to parks, in this exclusive extract from The Art of Mindful Walking, Londoner Adam Ford says there's just as much pleasure to be had from city strolling as from country hiking more...

Top 10… greenest UK cities

Ruth Styles

11th March, 2011

From recycling schemes to conserving green spaces, Ruth Styles rounds up the UK's eco-friendliest places to live more...
Straddling bus

Cities must ‘radically change’ transport systems to cope with population explosion

Kara Moses

2nd December, 2010

A new Forum for the Future report outlines radical ways in which British - and worldwide - cities need to reinvent transport infrastructures to deal with excessive populations more...
Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson: spare a moment for the bang bang men of Chongquing...

29th October, 2010

Although the rise of mega-cities raises disturbing questions about living standards and livelihoods, the spread of city living is not all bad, says Tom Hodgkinson more...
Migrating birds

Trees a 'low-cost' solution to air pollution and biodiversity loss in cities

Ecologist

2nd July, 2010

Native woods and trees in urban areas, including gardens, provide haven for wildlife, reduce air pollution, surface run-off and flooding more...
Fruit tree

Persuading your local station to plant fruit trees

Laura Laker

2nd March, 2010

Armed with just a good idea and big dose of enthusiasm you can transform a bleak area into a mini orchard. Plus, the best way to approach a station manager... more...
Pedestrian walkways

PHOTO GALLERY: Visionary architect unveils eco designs

Christine Ottery

24th December, 2009

An exhibition in Beijing reveals architect Paolo Soleri's latest radical green city concept more...

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