A USGS project to create 3D maps of the continental United States uses special high altitude, cloud-penetrating radar to collect data across Alaskaâs remote expanses.
March 5 The construction utility and housing sectors will be required to implement best management practices to prevent erosion at construction sites in lieu of numeric nutrient limits for turbidity in stormwater under a final Environmental Protection Agency rule published March 6 79 Fed. Reg. 12661.
Incredible interactive camera from the top of 1 World Trade Canter. What a view!!
University of Vermont students from the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community catalyze ecological design with an international design competition focusing on sites in Burlington, VT.
The digital gallery Images of Change from NASA documents the effects of global climate change and human impacts (including the effects of drought in American lakes in New Mexico, above, and the Dakotas, below).
The intensive, accessible green roof for the Gateway Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has won a Merit Award from ASLA NY. The green roof design was inspired by rare New York native plant communities found near Lake Ontario. Native plants were selected based on their performance in test plots that were installed on an adjacent roof top using a variety of soil depths. More beautiful details of the native plantings are at MotherPlants, one of the contractors for this project.
Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the Urban Commons starts on the premise that public spaces are part of urban commons, today more than yesterday, as recent history has told us. With this consideration, the book presents a collection of the most mesmerizing design projects reshaping cities’ topography by means of art, imagination, civic participation and low resources.
The Urban Pollinators Project
Pollinators such as the Common Blue butterfly and Early-nesting Bumblebee, which are shown in these images, play a vital role in maintaining our food supplies. But like many others, these species are struggling in the UK countryside.
UK apples, strawberries, raspberries, beans and tomatoes are all reliant on insect pollinators. Globally, crop pollination services are estimated to be worth $153 billion per year. Understanding the influences that the landscape and other environmental factors can have on our pollinators is therefore of huge importance.
The Urban Pollinators Project, led by scientists at the University of Bristol, is studying how effective our towns and cities are for our bees and other pollinators.
A staggering 98% of the country’s flower-rich meadows have been lost since the end of the Second World War but gardens, allotments and other flower-rich habitats in urban areas could provide a haven for these important insects.
In Bristol, Leeds, Reading and Edinburgh, city-wide surveys of pollinators, together with 60 pollen- and nectar-rich flowering meadows are helping our pollinators flourish.
Read more on this topic at the project website: www.urbanpollinators.org
and blog: http://urbanpollinators.blogspot.co.uk/
For more BBSRC research on pollinators go to: ht.ly/tOmAb
Copyright: Jane Memmott from the Pollinators Project
Beautiful Microscopic Timelapse
snowtime (by Иванов Вячеслав)
Take a look at Barrett Doherty’s video on West Philly Forests and the impact of climate change
Carol Franklin and Jose Alminana to speak at the "Cities and Nature: Urban Ecological Design and Planning Conference" in Austin, TX on Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2014: Offering a fresh perspective on ecological design and planning for our cities by inviting 15 established leaders and emerging scholars and practitioners to speak at this two-day conference.
Check out John Todd’s Fisherville Canal Restorer, “a unique hybrid of in-stream and side-stream treatments” utilizing sediment digestion, myco-reactors, aquatic eco-machines and a vegetated floating island to clean the canal.
"A remarkable feat of subterranean engineering is going on right under your feet in the District."