June 2011

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13924687 £131 million compareas with the value of housing on an average residential street in the UK i which runs at around £50...
Measues covered include: land-use and travel-demand management measures aimed at curbing household vehicle use low-carbon standards for transportation fuels public investments in transportation...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/planningapplicationsq12011
About 10 percent of children from infancy to age 2 and slightly over 20 percent of children ages 2 through 5 are overweight or obese. The rates of excess weight and obesity among children ages 2 to 5...
Change of use issues paper: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/changeuseissues Press release http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1930564
The quality of the evidence for dietary advice given in UK national newspapers is poor. Of 111 dietary health claims identified, 72% and 68% (assessed by WCRF and SIGN criteria respectively) had...
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http://www.urbansustainabilityexchange.org.uk/ISSUESSueProgramme.htm Aim SUE is a major series of research projects. ISSUES is the knowledge transfer side of SUE - Implementation Strategies for...
http://www.regionalvisions.ac.uk/ReVISIONS/Home.aspxAimTo provide the knowledge and evidence base for public agencies and private companies to plan regional spatial development together with...
Routine variations in weather take a toll in specific sectors of the economy: mining economy of 14 percent each year, perhaps because of changing demand for oil, gas, and coal. agriculture ranked...
Using 20 year time series data Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers have found that modest changes in specific foods and beverages, physical activity, TV-watching, and sleep...
The research has looked at the ratio of head to arm and leg injuries in cyclists admitted to hospitals in New South Wales since 1991 when the wearing of helmets became mandatory. http://www....
A general article here... http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-06-renaissance-year-technology-ease-21st.html And a specific discovery of a metal that generates electricity direct from waste heat http://...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-06/joso-dut062011.php
Schizophenia is twice as common in people brought up in the countryside as opposed to people brought up in the city. A study by the University of Heidelberg using brain imaging has found that...
http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/architecture/research/csud/ EPSRC Ends  August 2011 Principle Investigator: Professor Michael Hebbert. Co-Investigator: Dr Vladimir Jankovic. Research Associate:...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-north-africa-light-europe-solar-power
It is now the time of year when the UDG invites practices to submit an entry for our annual project award. Please see full submission guidelines here. The deadline for entries is Friday 8...
The Urban Design Group is always keen to give recognition to the important, creative and high quality work being done in urban design by public sector bodies, despite – and often...
The Urban Design Group AGM was held at 6.15pm on Wednesday 15 June 2011 in The Gallery at 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. At the meeting, the new Executive Committee was announced, as...
Improvements in the precision of radio carbon dating now point to a surge in the construction of causewayed enclosures in the decades following 3700 BC. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/...
Using a Google maps overlay, it forms part of the “Dangerous by Design” campaign for better facilities for pedestrians. http://t4america.org/resources/dangerousbydesign2011/map/#?latlng=...
Study Reveals Future “Hotspots” of Risk for Hundreds of Millions Whose Food Problems are on a Collision Course with Climate Change Parts of Africa, all of India, and parts of South East...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13628374 There may be a worrying delusion that the knowledge economy is the most important and largest sector of the economy, and that somehow the...
According to Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika, who's brief covers innovation, research and universities, 40 temporary projects will be installed from July until the end of the year throughout Pars...
http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/index.php?cID=651&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Making+the+case&utm_content=Making+the+case+CID_5cff049b7084ab69fa48cc621268e3d5&utm_source=Email+...
Audit Commission Report - "Going the Distance" http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nationalstudies/localgov/Pages/20110526goingthedistance.aspx Highways maintenance needs to develop to...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/righttobuildleaflet
White paper includes proposals to give communities new powers to designate protected green areas as part of local neighbourhood plans (target April 2012) http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/...
Government plans to release enough public land to build as many as 100,000 new, much-needed homes and support as many as 25,000 jobs by 2015. http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1917726
"Achieving high quality housing 12. Good design is fundamental to the development of high quality new housing, which contributes to the creation of sustainable, mixed communities. 13. Reflecting...
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2074067,00.html?hpt=T2
http://www.eukn.org/Interviews/Literary_portraits_of_less_known_European_cities_by_artists Article submitted by Andrew Stuck of Rethinking Cities
http://lec.lancs.ac.uk/research/society_and_environment/walking_and_cycling.php http://www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/be/oisd/news/Walking_Cycling.html   As reported in the Daily Mail http://www....
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-the-imf-itself-should-be-on-trial-2292270.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13627055 Video - BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13631270   http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/ Full report http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/...
http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=analysis.item&id=99492 http://www.cityfinancecommission.co.uk/
Surprisingly chaos turned out to be more desirable than people might expect. Istanbul was voted as the most liveable city shifting the usual notions of neatness and predictability to chaos,...
The statistics suggest, despite all the hype on sustainable development the motivation to deliver improved standards is poor, and a generation of houses is being built that is unsuited to a high cost...
"One thing that has not changed is the importance this Government places on the achievement of well designed homes and high quality places. High quality design has a crucial role to play in...
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 17.00 hrs on Friday 8 July 2011. http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/neighbourhoodplanningvanguards/
Applications are due by 30 June 2011 and partnerships are expected to nominate specific sites offering the best opportunity for growth. http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/...
"Planning ahead for mitigation and adaptation will be crucial"  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/uow-hio052711.php  
Researchers at the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health (ECEHH -- part of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry) and the University of Birmingham has compared the benefits...
http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-barlaz-biodegradable/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/uoc-bch053111.php
In 1974 levels between 327 and 333 were being recorded.  In just 40 years, measured carbon dioxide levels have increased by 20 percent. ftp://ftp.cmdl.noaa.gov/ccg/co2/trends/co2_weekly_mlo.txt