The Greenbelt
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Many cities in the UK are surrounded by acres of protected land that form Greenbelts. They are what makes my house feel almost like it’s in the countryside, although it’s actually only 15 miles as the crow flies from the bustle of Trafalgar Square. Greenbelts are the result of policies created in the 1930s to

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Solar lights
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Most solar lighting that you see in the local home store is pretty ugly. Plasticy and fake. I love the poetic nature of these lights created by Yoshihiro Shimomura, which are powered by sunlight, and whose LEDs activate when the paper strip hanging down from the housing is blown by the wind. The electronics are

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The do-it-yourself power meter
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Really nice, hackable energy monitor. “The EnerJar is an easy-to-build device that accurately measures the power draw of electrical appliances. The EnerJar was the winner of the Greener Gadgets design competition.”

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Countdown to loss
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I saw this article on climate tourism the day after Shannon and I discussed going to the Giant’s Causeway before it disappears. Sad. It reminds me a little of our trip up the Yangtze River just a few months before the Three Gorges Dam was completed. Most of what we saw is now underwater.

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Nice re-use of crappy solar panels
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All I can say is…wow. “Sanyo has built an ark for the solar century – an impressive 630 kW solar-collecting building that boasts over 5,000 solar panels and kicks off over 500,000 kWh of energy per year. Even more outstanding is the fact that most of the monocrystalline modules used on the Solar Ark were

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Visual police
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Having got back from the Midwest after our Christmas break I can sort of empathise with this great New York Times article on the bland, cookie-cutter aesthetic of much of the US’s towns. And I like the idea of an organization that you can go to if you’re a planner, and you don’t like the

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Out with plastic bags
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I guess one of the advantages of an autocratic government is being able to make sweeping changes like this. Not that I’m advocating that form of government. At all. “In an un-expected move, China’s cabinet has completely banned super thin plastic bags and is imposing a compulsory charge on plastic carrier bags as of June

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Working on the High Line
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The New York Times has a great set of photos of the conversion of the High Line rail route in New York into an urban park. Not a lot of progress to see yet, but still beautiful shots. I mean, I’m sure that there’s been a lot of work done, but not many trees and

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Big renewables
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Great to see some BIG renewable energy projects taking shape… Pacific Ocean Added To California’s Power Supply on PSFK“Pacific Gas and Electric, Nothern California’s natural gas and electricity utility, will buy 100% environment-friendly electricity generated by currents in the Pacific Ocean beginning in 2010.” Air Force Switches on Largest Solar Power Plant“The $100 million solar

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The art of arcology
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SimCity’s ARCOs become a reality… Planning underway for the world’s largest single building “Described as a self-contained city within a city and spanning a massive floor area of 2.5million square meters, the planned 450m high structure will be one of the world’s tallest and will encompass a variety of mixed-use buildings including 3000 hotel rooms,

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