republished with permission from Master Resource
by Chip Knappenberger
“For every billion-dollar weather disaster identified as being ‘consistent with’ human-caused global warming, there are probably several other potential billion-dollar weather disasters that human-caused global warming averted.”
Last week, the government’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) finalized its list of “Billion Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters” for 2012. They reported 11 such events with the combined loss exceeding $110 billion, making it the second costliest year since their compilation began in 1980.
Since the number of billion dollar weather disasters has been increasing over time, the temptation to point a finger at anthropogenic global warming is too great for many global warming addicts to resist, despite the known problems with the list (for example, the lack of proper accounting for changing population demographics—a factor which explains virtually all of the increase).
It seems folks are extremely creative at coming up with reasons…
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The Sarnia 2014 Legacy committee may have to rethink the scope of the centennial project after learning it may take months to even find a solution to remove asbestos from Centennial Park.
Golder and Associates pulled soil samples from the park which has been fenced off to the public for weeks and found asbestos and metals such as lead in many of the 130 samples. City Manager Lloyd Fennell says some of the fencing around the MacLean Center will be taken down since that area is clean. But the rest in the north end of the park could remain in place for months.
“We’re moving forward with a risk assessment, looking at all the detail in the 130 holes and then we will come up with an action plan as to how we can handle some of the areas and that plan would then be discussed with the Ministry of…
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For the one of you that are going to be in Europe around July, below there is an interesting opportunity related to design and the urban sphere.
The Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment (CCBE) is pleased to announce the launch of our Urban Design Summer School. This Urban Design Summer School is going to have a creative look at several watersides in Northampton with the aim to design new and exciting waterscapes. We will explore what good urban design is, why it contributes to successful and sustainable places and how it can be achieved. Lessons learned and proposals developed for Northampton will be transferable in principle and provide rich inspiration for projects elsewhere.
The Urban Design Summer School is run at the University of Northampton by the Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment in conjunction with the Academy of Urbanism, the Canal and River Trust and David Lock Associates.
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«Anche le città credono d’essere opera della mente o del caso, ma né l’una né l’altro bastano a tener su le loro mura. D’una città non godi le sette o settantasette meraviglie, ma la risposta che dà a una tua domanda”, scriveva Italo Calvino sintetizzando in modo mirabile la funzione cognitiva ed educativa delle città.
Ascoltare, indagare, interrogare e comprendere la città è sempre stata una delle sfide più esaltanti dell’urbanista, concreta ambizione di coloro che la riconoscono come complesso organismo intelligente, concretizzazione del patto di cittadinanza e generatrice di vita comunitaria, e non solo come organizzazione di funzioni o concentrato di patologie. La città si offre come un ipertesto alle letture quotidiane dei suoi abitanti, è supporto concreto della memoria, si propone come retorica materiale ed ambisce ad essere interprete delle comunità insediate. E il progetto della città a sempre intessuto con le componenti comunicative un’inestricabile rete di relazioni…
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