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Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Prospective Environmental Analysis of Land-Use Development in Europe: Understanding the problem

This paper describes and analyses the general approach and key findings from the PRELUDE project and discusses the policy implications. It was presented at the 2006 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change “Resource Policies: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Equity”, that took place 8/9 December 2006, Berlin, Germany (Downlaod Report 2006) (17 pages, 273KB

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Participatory scenarios at the policy-science interface: A suitable tool for long-term strategies?

Our environment is changing at faster speed than ever. Decision-making has become far more complex and uncertain since socio-economic developments are no longer as stable and predictable as in the past. At the same time, many of today’s adressing policy problems are of long-term nature, for example climate change or the ageing of societies in

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Prospective Environmental analysis of Land Use Development in Europe

This paper describes lessons learnt during the development and outreach of the PRELUDE project and draws conclusions for further research. It was presented at the 2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Change “Earth System Governance: Theories and Strategies” that took place from the 24-27th May 2007 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Download Report

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The new Gotthard rail link

AlpTransit Gotthard is creating a flat rail link for future travel through the Alps. At the heart of the new transalpine rail route is Gotthard Base Tunnel. With a length of 57 km, the world’s longest tunnel should become operational at the end of 2016. This pioneering achievement of the 21st century will bring major

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change

Meeting the growing demand for conveniently located homes in walkable neighborhoods could significantly reduce the growth in the number of miles Americans drive, shrinking the nation’s carbon footprint while giving people more housing choices, according to a team of leading urban planning researchers. In a comprehensive review of dozens of studies, published by the Urban

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Greenprint Denver Sustainability Action Plan

Denver joined a number of western cities that pledged to hold themselves accountable and demonstrate leadership at the local level in seven broad areas: energy, waste reduction, urban design, urban nature, transportation, environmental health and water. This plan outlines each action item in detail. Download the Report  (July 2006)

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development (SE21)

Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development (SE21) is an integral and clearly on the sustainability focused conception for the long-term development of the Estonian state and society until the year 2030. General development principle of the country is “to integrate the requirement to be successful in global competition with a sustainable development model and preservation

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

OECD Roundtable on Sustainable Development: Biofuels

Biofuels have been championed as an energy source that can increase security of supply, reduce vehicle emissions and provide a new income stream for farmers. These claims are contested, however. Critics assert that biofuels will increase energy-price volatility, food prices and even life-cycle emissions of greenhouse gases. This paper presents salient facts and figures to

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Sustainable Development in Germany

In April 2002, the German Federal Government published its national strategy for sustainable development, entitled “Perspektiven für Deutschland” (Perspectives for Germany). The strategy’s core element consists of 21 indicators. The purpose of the indicators is to monitor the sustainability of the economy, the environment and the society. The first progress report was published in 2004.

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

A Public Transport System Based Sensor Network

A well maintained road network is a must for the economic development and the well being of people in any country. Unfortunately, most developing countries do not poses such road networks. While the lack of funds is mainly to blame for not building new road networks and maintaining the existing ones the lack of proper

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