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Scotland — Home to World’s 1st Online Urban Green Space Map?

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I recently read a headline saying that Scotland had made the “World’s First Urban Green Space Map.” Now, while that sounds pretty cool, I’m not sure if I caught what’s first about it. As you may or may not know, my master’s degree was in city planning — making urban green space maps is nothing new in the field. Even making online, interactive versions of the maps like this one is not at all unheard of. My only thought is that it might be the first national-scale map of its kind….

10 Most Walkable Cities in World? [SLIDESHOW]

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“There are cities where cars reign supreme, others where a bicycle or public transportation will suffice, and a select few that remain a paradise for two feet. By design or purely by accident, each of these 10 cities beckons you to wander its boulevards, paths, and parks.” This is Frommer’s intro to its slideshow of […]

Scotland Aiming for 100% Clean Energy by 2025

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While the U.S. may aim for a 15% Renewable Energy Standard by 2021, and Northern Ireland has just confirmed a much stronger target of 40% renewable energy by 2020, Scotland is aiming a bit higher. It announced today that it plans to get “at least” 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Wow. […]

Ecovillage Spotlight: Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland

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Ecovillages are great habitats and support systems for people who want to live environmentally friendlier, happier, healthier lives. One of the most famous modern ecovillages, Findhorn Ecovillage, starts this ecovillage spotlight series. Ecovillages often combine ecological planning and design with innovative social, political and/or economic systems. Additionally, they often include certain cultural or spiritual goals. […]

Economic Value of Ecosystems and Biodiversity — New Report

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A new report, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), attempts to bring to the world’s attention the truly great economic value of ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as the benefits of taking these into account when making policies. The value of the world’s natural ecosystems and biodiversity is something lacking in most economic analyses. […]

Climate Change Shrinks Sheep 5% in 25 Years

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Wild sheep on the island of Hirta off the shore of Scotland are smaller than 25 years ago, and scientists have found climate change to be the cause. On average these wild sheep are weighing in at 5 percent smaller than 25 years ago, an indication that climate change can have a rapid effect on natural […]

Scotland Could Boost UK Hydropower by 50%

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In an attempt to cut their dependency on fossil fuel driven energies, the British government hopes that renewable energy will provide 20% of electricity by 2020. And thanks to a new report, the UK might be looking to Scotland to double their hydropower generation by 50%. The study by the Forum for Renewable Energy Development […]