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A new study published in the journal Environment International for the first time quantifies the global impact by combining data about air pollution in different countries with knowledge about how exposure to different levels of air pollution is associated with preterm birth rates.

Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions

By Robert Lyons on 14th March 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 09:00 to 18:30

Utrecht

A new report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee argues that the government needs to set out new modelling on air quality following the High Court’s latest ruling and a new approach to air quality post 2019; an emissions reduction strategy that will allow the UK’s carbon budgets to be met; and effective noise mitigation measures enforced by an Independent Aviation Noise Authority. The Government must not allow our air quality standards to be watered down as a result of leaving the EU.

Overheating in Buildings: Adaptation Responses

By Robert Lyons on 15th February 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

This Building Research & Information special issue explores the unintended rise in internal temperatures during warm weather, which can lead to heat stress and constitutes a public health problem.  Many countries do not currently rely on air conditioning for comfort.  However, the inability to create comfortable buildings in many temperate climate zones such as the UK where air conditioning was not necessary will have a perverse outcome by increasing summer electricity usage and create a dependence on air conditioning.

A recent paper looks at the ‘New Urban Agenda’ taking shape as a result of the UN-HABITAT III conference, which enshrined the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) with an exclusively urban focus. SDG 11, as it became known, aims to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through a range of metrics, indicators, and evaluation systems. The paper raises questions around the potential for reductionism in this new agenda, and argues for the reflexive need to be aware of the types of urban space that are potentially side-lined by the new trends in global urban policy.

Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo 2017

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00

This Conference and Expo will explore the extent to which careful product selection can have a positive influence on occupant health. The Conference is particularly aimed at architects, designers and product specifiers, but is highly relevant to building clients, policy makers and product suppliers. The event should also appeal to anyone with an interest in the relationship between buildings and human health.

New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows the huge potential of the Green Belt in terms of amenity and nature conservation.

CPRE is calling on the Government to prioritise investment in Green Belts in the forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment and make sure Green Belt protection is enforced.

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Smart Cities UK Conference 2017

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 08:30 to Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 15:45

London

Across the UK we are seeing more and more examples of smart city transformation. Key 'smart' sectors utilised by such Cities include transport, energy, health care, water and waste. Against the current background of economic, social, security and technological changes caused by the globalization and the integration process, cities in the UK face the challenge of combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development simultaneously.

Severe flooding has occurred in 13 of the 16 years since 2000, with the worst floods in the north of England in 2015 costing the economy over £5 billion. Spending an ever-increasing amount on hard flood defences is unlikely to be a viable long term strategy, particularly in the face of increasing risks associated with climate change. This new paper from Green Alliance makes three recommendations that would lead to a greater level of resilience for either the same or lower cost than current approaches.

Housing capacity on suitable brownfield land

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has analysed the Government’s brownfield registers pilot scheme. Employing a variety of conservative methodologies, CPRE now estimates that the available data translates to a minimum of 1.1 million homes on suitable brownfield sites across England. More ambitious methodologies put the figure much higher, towards 1.4 million. This suggests that the Government has previously severely underestimated brownfield capacity.

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