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Friday, December 7th, 2007

The Planning Tax: The Case against Regional Growth-Management Planning

Close to 40 percent of Americans live in states and regions where growth-management planning has reduced housing affordability. According to a new study by the Cato Institute, such planning is the primary cause of the recent housing bubble. Download Report (Dec. 2007)

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Spatial Data Infrastructure to INSPIRE Scotland

S Ramage, 1Spatial – Member of the AGI Working Group for INSPIRE, OGC Europe Forum and ePSIplus contributor. Scotland is uniquely positioned to become the leading regional entity in Great Britain. The importance of federalism is self-evident to those in the European Community. This paper examines the opportunity to use spatial data to create an

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

A Sustainable Europe for a Better World:

At its meeting in Helsinki in December 1999 the European Council invited the European Commission “to prepare a proposal for a long-term strategy dovetailing policies for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development to be presented to the European Council in June 2001.” This paper responds to that invitation. It builds on the Commission services’ consultation

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

The Road to 2050. Sustainable Development in the 21th Century

Along-term perspective on development o.ers some grounds for optimism. While gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been uneven across countries and over decades, developing countries have enjoyed signi.cant growth in life expectancy and levels of education since 1960. If GDP growth in developing countries can return to the rates of the 1960s and 1970s, then

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Economic Drivers for the 21st Century

Despite widespread interest in the size of the renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) industries and the number of jobs these industries create, until now no one had conducted a comprehensive study of these industries. This American Solar Energy Society (ASES) study addresses this issue, and adds the following major contributions to the body of

Monday, November 12th, 2007

An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union

The seas are Europe’s lifeblood. Europe’s maritime spaces and its coasts are central to its wellbeing and prosperity – they are Europe’s trade routes, climate regulator, sources of food, energy and resources, and a favoured site for its citizens’ residence and recreation. Our interactions with the sea are more intense, more varied, and create more

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

The Role of City Development Companies in English Cities and City-Regions – Summary of Responses to

1. On 12 December 2006, Communities and Local Government published its consultation paper on city development companies (CDCs). Rather than seek comments on a specifi c set of proposals, the consultation sought opinions on the rationale and the key principles for CDCs, as well as views on the form, function and location of such bodies.

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

The Thames Gateway Interim Plan: Policy Framework

The Thames Gateway is a great place to invest, live and work.It is a fantastic location, close to the capital and the gateway to Europe. It has thriving and diverse local communities, brownfield land for new jobs and homes, and beautiful green spaces with the Thames estuary at its heart. It is a place of

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Ireland Records 8.1% Improvement in Energy Efficiency Levels

The Government of Ireland, in the White Paper on Energy2, set a target for a 20% reduction in energy usage across the whole economy by 2020. This moves energy efficiency to the centre of Government energy policy. The scale of the task ahead is highlighted by the fact that between 1990 and 2005 final energy

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Petro Canada: 2006 Report to the International Community

The International and Offshore business includes our International operations and interests off the East Coast of Canada. Outside of Canada, we have operations in the North Sea, North Africa/Near East and Northern Latin America. This business is growing by optimizing existing assets, implementing a balanced exploration program and pursuing business development opportunities. In the North

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