Built Environment

Green Building Practices May Have Contributed to the Grenfell Fire
reason.com

The local government put “sustainability” ahead of safety. One major culprit is already coming into view: a local government pushing “green energy” renovations at the expense of safety.

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10 years of Ciwem Environmental Photographer of the Year – in pictures
www.theguardian.com

From The Guardian, The Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem) Photographer of the Year competition was set up 10 years ago to chronicle human impact on the natural environment. Spectacular collection of environmental photographs.  These 2 kids are starving and alone.

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Tribunal Finds Monsanto Endangers Right to Food, Health, Environment
www.commondreams.org

If the crime of ‘ecocide’ were recognized in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could constitute such a crime, panel declares. Biotech giant Monsanto “has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment, the right to food, and the right to health,” five international judges comprising the “Monsanto Tribunal” declared […]

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How Changing Our Built Environment Can Save The Planet
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Ashoka entrepreneur Jason F. McLennan started the Living Building Challenge a decade ago to radically reframe how we relate to our built environment. With a global community of pioneering architects, designers, and entrepreneurs, he imagines what the future looks like, then builds it – literally!

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The Crown Estate
www.thecrownestate.co.uk

2015 Building Environment winners , The Crown Estate are a values driven business investing in and managing some of the UK’s most important assets, ensuring they are sustainably worked, developed and enjoyed to deliver the best value over the long term.

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Philippines Shuts More Nickel Mines on Environment Crackdown
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The Philippines suspended the operations of Berong Nickel Corp., adding to the list of miners that the government has shuttered for failing to meet environmental and welfare standards, the mines bureau said. Mining in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the south of the country has also been halted as authorities start to review company permits, […]

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New York City’s Lowline To Be World’s First Underground Park
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Instead of talking about the marvelous skyscrapers in New York City, they may soon be able to marvel at the Lowline, the world’s first underground park. New York City is now considering building the world’s first underground park in an abandoned trolley terminal. “The Lowline is a plan to use innovative solar technology to illuminate […]

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UN calls for post-Brexit UK to link with EU on environment policy
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The UN’s new environment chief has called for a post-Brexit Britain to link up with the EU on environment policy, adopting key bloc climate laws and maintaining its nature directives. In his first interview since taking office, Erik Solheim told the Guardian it was vital that supranational decisions continued for problems such as pollution and […]

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Jordan’s newest mall debuts large-scale green technology
www.proudgreenbuilding.com

In Jordan’s newest retail and leisure hub, the typical high-end boutiques, cinemas and gourmet coffee shops are tucked into an intricate ecosystem of natural heating and cooling, water recycling and hundreds of solar panels soaking up the sun’s rays. The three-story Abdali Mall in Amman is the first large-scale commercial complex in Jordan to be […]

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