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Cities Poised for Historic Role in Global Climate Negotiations

September 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Tues 23 Sept: a date for the planet.

Delegates from around the world will saturate New York City next week for the United Nations Climate Summit and the crucial task of settling out the detail of a global agreement to reduce the world's greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the urgent challenge of climate change.[read more]

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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

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The World's First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponics Farm

September 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fish with salad anyone?

Aquaponics – aquaculture (fish farming) + hydroponics (growing plants without soil) – could furnish 12% of a person's diet per 3m2 of roofspace, according to a prototype study. It produces both edible fish and vegetables. The fish's waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Perfect for urban growing.[read more]

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Cityfood: Encouraging Urban Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries

September 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Support for urban growing programmes

"You can't separate the sustainability of the city from its hinterlands," says Henk de Zeeuw. He works for the RUAF Foundation http://www.ruaf.org/, a global network in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies, and Cityfood, an initiative to support cities that want to start urban growing and local food programs.[read more]

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How China Leads the World in Indoor Farming

September 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The restaurant which grows what you eat where you eat.

China is investing significant amounts of effort into developing vertical farming systems to feed its burgeoning urban population. It aims to become a world leader in industrial scale applications of these systems.[read more]

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How Singapore and Japan are Feeding Cities with Low Carbon Indoor Farms

September 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Jack Ng, founder of Sky Urban Solutions

Dramatically reduced energy use in a water-powered vertical farm. 7,000 lettuces per square meter per year. How Singapore and Japan are leading the way in urban, indoor agriculture.[read more]

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Launch of the international Centre for Urban Agriculture in Nottingham

September 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

Location of the new Centre

The Centre for Urban Agriculture is a new initiative in Nottingham University, a partnership with its academic collaborators in China and Malaysia, set up to address the issue of food security and urban agriculture, launched at the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture yesterday.[read more]

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The Nine Challenges to Food Security That Threaten Our Ability to Feed the Cities

September 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Food Don't Waste It - US FDA poster 1917.

In my second post arising from the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture being held yesterday and today at Nottingham University, I report on professor of ecology, Tim Benton, University of Leeds, work on addressing the food security challenges facing us. How will we feed the cities in the future?[read more]

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The Mietskaserne Should Be Berlin's Next Export to the World

September 9, 2014 by Peter Smith

Berlin and Mietskaserne

The Mietskaserne has been Berlin's preferred style of housing since all the way back in 1860. It has effectively kept housing costs in Berlin below those of similar peer cities, and it could help stabilize out of control costs in cities around the world.[read more]

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Urban Agriculture – A Next Big Thing for Cities

September 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dickson Despommier at the conference.

Dickson Despommier sees the growth of urban and vertical farming as exponential. This is an account of his presentation at the Vertical Farming and Urban Growing conference in Nottingham, today.[read more]

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Renewable Energy Toolkit for Enterprises

September 5, 2014 by David Thorpe

Solar thermal works well in cities. What else does?

The Institute for Sustainability has launched a free toolkit that can apply to urban areas which shows the opportunities that arise from using renewable energy and low carbon markets. Although targeted at the South East of England, much of this information is useful in most parts of the world.[read more]

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Winner of £250,000 Wolfson Prize Calls for 40 Garden Cities in England

September 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

The winner's concept garden city of Uxcester.

A plan to give "garden city" status to up to 40 English towns has won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize. Winner David Rudlin argues for the near-doubling of existing large towns in line with garden city principles, to provide 86,000 new homes for 150,000 people built over 30-35 years.[read more]