Significant amendments to the Resource Management Act signalled by Government

According to my experience over the last ten years, it is not the act being the issue, it’s the people interpreting it. Any overhaul should address arbitrary interpretation.

When we talk about resources, we should be discussing effects on land, air, water predominantly, not the color of a facade, some building texture or paving. This is happening right now, where council believes they can dictate architecture and have their personal flavor of development.If they want to control development, a development plan or structure plan is choice, not subjective interpretations and personal opinions.
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Solar Thermal Is Really, Really Dead – or isn’t it?

A very interesting article on solar thermal and solar PV.

it’s now cheaper to heat water with a photovoltaic array than solar thermal collectors.

It would be quite interesting to make up some numbers and comparisons for New Zealand since the install cost for a solarthermal system seems to be high whereas the cost for solar PV seems incredibly low. Continue reading

Intensification – quick thoughts

So let me ask the question again: WHY are we intensifying? So people live in intensified living quarters, to move over intensified motorways into the intensified city centers for work…
Meanwhile Auckland Transport is suggesting to decrease the bus frequencies out West where some of the intensified housing areas are, pushing more cars over the motorways.
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What is Building Biology

Building biology researches the impact of the building environment on human health, and applies this knowledge to the construction, or modification, of homes and workplaces and the holistic interaction between human life with our environment.

Homes or dwellings can be seen as organisms. The term third skin accurately describes the intimate relationship between humans and their living space. It vividly illustrates how closely we are interrelated with our living environment and also in how many ways we are dependent on it.

We define building biology as the study of the holistic interrelationships between humans and their living environment.

There are 25 principles in Building Biology that have to be considered, comprised from ecological, biological, spiritual, aesthetic, social and community principles.

Pentagon Declares War on Climate Change, or not?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is speaking in Peru today about how climate change impacts national security.

We see an Arctic that is melting, meaning that most likely a new sea lane will emerge,” he said. “We know that there are significant minerals and natural deposits of oil and natural gas there. That means that nations will compete for those natural resources. That’s never been an issue before. You couldn’t get up there and get anything out of there. We have to manage through what those conditions and new realities are going to bring in the way of potential threats.

I can read between the lines and see the US venturing out into the arctic and extracting oil and whathaveyou. The so-called threats
can probably be turned into opportunities.

[..]individuals attempting to take advantage of those catastrophes, adjusting to shifts in security requirements.

Yup, I can see it happening.

More via Pentagon Declares War on Climate Change » EcoWatch.

Ecostore finds sweet alternative to plastic

Greenpeace calls it not perfect but a move in the right direction and I tend to agree.

Research conducted on the sugarcane containers by its producers in Japan and Brazil showed that every kilogram of carbon capture plastic produced captured 2kg of atmospheric CO2. Comparatively every kilogram of petrochemical produced caused just under 2kg of CO2 to be generated and released.

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The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus

Climate change is happening, humans are the cause, and a shocking number of congressional Republicans — over 58 percent — refuse to accept it. CAP Action conducted a fresh analysis of public statements from current Representatives and Senators from the 113th Congress on climate change. Roll over any state on the map below for information on its resident climate deniers, or click on the state to be taken to the full quotes and figures.

via The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus | ThinkProgress.

* a term combined from the word "Environment" and the greek "logos" (word, reason, plan)