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In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-Ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

France, Methane, and Garbage

The commune of Plessis-Gassot in the Île de France region has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste.[read more]

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How WW1 Killed a Dream of a Solar-Powered World

August 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

The world's first solar power plant in 1913.

The world is marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, not only the bloodiest the world has ever seen, but the start of the West's involvement in carving up the Middle East and interfering in its politics for the sake of oil. It also marked the end of the world's first solar power station, in Egypt.[read more]

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Help Wanted to Identify Cities Photographed from Space to Fight Night Pollution

August 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Is this where you live?

Crowdsourcing is being used to identify cities, in tens of thousands photographs taken at night by astronauts, in an effort to reduce their energy consumption and light pollution.[read more]

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Map Reveals 39 Cities That Could Heat Themselves Using Rivers or Sea

August 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

London could heat itself from the Thames.

London could heat itself using the River Thames, and Bristol could be warmed by the River Avon in the future, if the potential identified by a new heat map of England is unleashed. It identifies 39 English cities that could take advantage of heat pumps and nearby bodies of water to deliver low carbon heat via district networks.[read more]

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Possibly the World's First Battery-powered Train Is Undergoing Trials

August 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Batteries included

Trials of what is thought to be the UK's – and possibly the world's – first battery-powered train have begun by network operator Network Rail. A battery-powered train would not have to use diesel and could run on non-electrified track.[read more]

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Switching to LED Lighting: the Health, Financial and Environmental Benefits

August 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

They're better for you.

Switching to a LED lighting is happening fast not only because of the savings that can be made and the environmental benefits but because there are now documented improvements on human well-being as a result of this type of lighting.[read more]

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15 Technology Initiatives Greening European Cities Any City Can Take Inspiration From

August 6, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

IT – green it!

We would like to share a selection of some of the most inspiring initiatives from greenitnet.com regarding green mobility, energy systems, smart city development, urban infrastructure, and greening industry efforts. At this moment those practices are being shared among cities with an inspiration to develop their own plans.[read more]

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Why Can't England's Proposed Garden Cities be Like the Netherlands'?

August 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Almere garden city, the Netherlands

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, wants to see more garden cities but they will be built by big developers for profit. What a contrast to the most successful garden city in the Netherlands...[read more]

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How Sustainable is a 'Sustainable Building' in Practice?

August 1, 2014 by David Thorpe
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One Brighton development

The first major review has been published of pioneering development One Brighton's performance against its challenging 2020 One Planet targets and show where it has succeeded and where it has failed over its sustainability targets.[read more]

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How Cities Can Generate Their Own Clean Energy and Create Jobs and Income

July 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Town halls can plug into the clean energy revolution and reap the benefits.

Cities could become the powerhouses of the future, helping to generate much of their own energy, a crucial factor in achieving proper sustainability. New report compares different types of business structure and opportunities for sources of investment and job creation.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]