Environment

That Sinking Feeeling – are we off course on sustainability?
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The long-delayed Green Construction Board (GCB) report on the industry’s directly controlled carbon emissions in 2008-12 – still unpublished as of today (2/2/15), although officially “signed off” in June (see Passnotes, below) – reveals an embarrassing own goal: emissions have actually increased in real terms. Please enter a description….

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Carbon Brief (blog) What falling oil prices may mean for the future of renewable energy investment
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Some analysts argue that the falling oil price could end the world’s slow march towards zero carbon energy

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ENOUGHNESS: Restoring Balance to the Economy in the Most Awesome Way Ever
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5 minutes | How we see the world determines how we act. Western thought sees us at war with each other over resources. In Indigenous philosophy, we are all related as individuals in balance with nature. Enoughness juxtaposes these two world views and delivers some startling facts.

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GCR – News – UK infrastructure too vulnerable to extreme weather, engineering body warns
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GCR – News – Turkey’s new high-speed rail: victory for Erdogan – and China
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The ‘slow train’ from China

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The Edible Bus Stop (EdibleBusStop) on Twitter
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The latest from The Edible Bus Stop (@EdibleBusStop). Helping communities to transform neglected sites alongside transport infrastructures into design-led growing spaces. Changing the world, one bus stop at a time!. London

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Micro-ecosystems and flowing staircases grace historically-rich park in Nanjing
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One of the most important archeological sites in the world.

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Eric Pickles – energy efficiency implementation “˜incoherent”
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Two leading British members of European Parliament have formally written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, complaining about the “incoherent “way in which he is choosing to implement a European energy saving directive, upon which they were the joint rapporteurs.

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Costain Group PLC : Public Funding For Innovation – Clear The Air Energy
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Costain has secured funding from the Government linked *Technology Strategy Board’s £18million competition to develop the civil nuclear supply chain. Costain has been selected to develop three innovative technologies to reduce the cost of treating and storing nuclear waste

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Green Deal could stall without SME support
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Small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal (GD) market if the shortage of installers is to be addressed, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

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CIOB backs ‘Bachelor of the Built Environment’ proposal
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The CIOB and Laing O’Rourke have given their backing to a group hoping to launch a cross-professional undergraduate degree spanning architecture to construction – a Bachelor of the Built Environment.

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