FootprintWire 18/01/11

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Current floods across the globe may not be directly linked to global warming, but poor urban planning can contribute to their severity, in The Independent, while The Telegraph draws our attention to some discouraging figures:  over half of all new post-war homes built in the UK are located in floodplains.

LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) study indicates that embodied energy represents more than half of the 400,000 tonnes carbon footprint of staging the Olympic Games. David Stubbs, head of sustainability at LOCOG, pledges to pursue a hire and reuse approach to much of the temporary ‘overlay’ for the Games - seating, cabling and IT, signage, etc. - in Business Green.

NIMBY culture may prevent growth of wind farms under Localism Bill says the wind industry, also in Business Green.

And finally…scientists look at ancient weather records-and monks’ diaries-to understand changing climatic conditions over last 500 years, in The Independent.

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