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This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth (by concentrating light 10,000 times)

This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth (by concentrating light 10,000 times) | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it

German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.

 

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Diversity of soil types can be an indicator of aboveground biodiversity | Soil Science Society of America

Diversity of soil types can be an indicator of aboveground biodiversity | Soil Science Society of America | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it
Diversity of soil types can be an indicator of aboveground biodiversity http://t.co/gQNWoDoPkE (via @cheterrapesti)
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Urban Data Challenge: l’innovation au service de l’urbanisme et des transports publics

Urban Data Challenge: l’innovation au service de l’urbanisme et des transports publics | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it

Lancé début février à Genève, lors de la conférence Lift, l’Urban Data Challenges’est attaqué aux divers problématiques et défis auquels sont confrontés les transports publics de nos villes.


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Introduction to Spatial Biodiversity Science and Conservation at a Global Scale | Somerco

Interesting! RT @somercoresearch: Video: Introduction to Spatial Biodiversity Science & Conservation at a Global Scale http://t.co/JfXsXSyV
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A major ecological problem (ScienceAlert)

A major ecological problem (ScienceAlert) | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it
Increasing salt levels in freshwater river systems pose a risk to several species and remains an environmental problem for Australia.
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News & information on science & technology for development - SciDev.Net

News & information on science & technology for development - SciDev.Net | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it
The Science and Development Network provides news, analysis, practical guides, jobs & other info on developing world climate change, energy, agriculture, health, science policy, environment, and more.
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Species on the Move Present a Conservation Challenge | Climate Central

Species on the Move Present a Conservation Challenge | Climate Central | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it
For conservation scientists, the globe-trotting habits of migratory species like the American Redstart pose an immense challenge: As the climate warms, how do you protect a species with no fixed address?
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Tight Squeeze | Conservation Magazine

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Which is better for city birds: densely packed housing or sprawling development? In a new analysis, researchers suggest that compact urban design ...

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Informe sobre l'avaluació del grau d'amenaça i de l'interès de conservació dels diferents tipus d'hàbitats de Catalunya. Medi Ambient. Generalitat de Catalunya

Informe sobre l'avaluació del grau d'amenaça i de l'interès de conservació dels diferents tipus d'hàbitats de Catalunya. Medi Ambient. Generalitat de Catalunya | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it

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La "Taula per a la Millora Urbana" de la Diputació de Barcelona reconeguda per Nacions Unides

La "Taula per a la Millora Urbana" de la Diputació de Barcelona reconeguda per Nacions Unides | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it

 La Taula per a la Millora Urbana (TxMU) ha obtingut la qualificació de millors pràctiques en el IX Concurs Internacional de Bones Pràctiques del Programa Habitat de Nacions Unides. 

 

La TxMU, és la iniciativa d’abast corporatiu (aplega un total de 37 serveis i oficines), que té per missió fomentar la cooperació entre les diferents àrees de la Diputació en el disseny i en l’execució dels projectes de regeneració d’àrees urbanes (desenvolupats en el marc de la “Llei de Barris”), amb l’objecte de donar un millor servei als ajuntaments mitjançant la col·laboració, l'intercanvi i el treball transversal i pluridisciplinar en el sí de la pròpia corporació.

 

La distinció reconeix el caràcter innovador en matèria de governança d’aquesta iniciativa, que, sota l’impuls de l’Àrea de Territori i Sostenibilitat, ha aconseguit consolidar-se i esdevenir experiència de referencia més enllà de la pròpia corporació.

 

Aquesta pràctica també s’inclourà en el novè catàleg espanyol de bones pràctiques que realitza el Ministeri de Foment i s’incorporarà a la biblioteca de Ciutats per un Futur més Sostenible.

 

Per a més informació:

http://www.diba.cat/web/hua/barris/taula

http://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?cid=11789&catid=34&typeid=6&subMenuId=0

http://www.unhabitat.org/bp/bp.list.details.aspx?bp_id=4207


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Cómo aumentar la memoria y concentración

Cómo aumentar la memoria y concentración | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it
Cómo aumentar la memoria y concentración. La mayoría de las personas desean mejorar su memoria y capacidad de concentración. A medida que nos hacemos mayores, el cerebro a menudo se retrasa y recordar las cosas no es tan fácil como solía ser....

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Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it

Design Trust put together a metrics framework that measured the associated activities of urban agriculture with the known benefits derived from various studies to convince city officials of urban farming's positive impact.


Transforming underutilized land into productive urban farms was one of the many topics which were presented at the recent Kansas City Design Week.  Jerome Chou, past Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, presented his unique experience with the implementation of the Five Boroughs Farm in New York City and the impact that urban agriculture can have on low-income areas of a city.

Chou pointed out that having the land available for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community...


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Marcus Taylor's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:40 AM

Urban Agriculture faces a myriad of challenges to enter the mainstream of urban development in the pursuit of "SmartCities" Worth a browse.

Daniel Moura's curator insight, January 23, 2015 4:22 AM
Many cities (like NYC) are leaving old prejudices behind and are converting green areas and unused land to urban agriculture. Improving food security and resilience, reduce city's ecological footprint, supporting pollinators, increasing biodiversity and building sense of community are just a few examples of the benefits it provides
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A short history of Traffic Engineering

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Land sharing vs land sparing - meeting agricultural and biodiversity goals

Land sharing vs land sparing - meeting agricultural and biodiversity goals | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it
Earlier this month I went to the 2012 European Congress of Conservation Biology where the best session by far was one on land sharing vs land sparing (see a summary of the session by Joern Fischer ...
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We should nout count species richness (total number), but have a look on their way of functioning in the ecosystems.

"In areas where there are many species which depend on forests, or any other ecosystem incompatible with agriculture, land sparing may be best while land sharing may work best in areas with a long history of extensive farming and little forest cover."

I completely agree with Philip Martin article.

 

http://ecologyforacrowdedplanet.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/land-sharing-vs-land-sparing-meeting-agricultural-and-biodiversity-goals/

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ICCB 2013

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ICCB 2013 (Deadline for submitting an abstract to the next ICCB in Baltimore is approaching fast... http://t.co/wgu0nly3 #conservation)
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Memory Tied to Simultaneous Activation of Brain Regions - PsychCentral.com

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Memory Tied to Simultaneous Activation of Brain Regions
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However, the analysis did show that the medial temporal lobe is an important hub of the memory network, confirming earlier studies, he said.
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Tracing spatial and temporal scales in aquatic connectivity

Tracing spatial and temporal scales in aquatic connectivity | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it
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New EU call for researchers - News & events - JRC - European Commission

New EU call for researchers - News & events - JRC - European Commission | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it
A selection procedure for fixed-term positions has been launched today to set up a database of over 3000 successful candidates with a research background. They will be placed on a reserve list and called for interview according to the needs of the...
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Travel time to major cities: a global map of accessibility

Travel time to major cities: a global map of accessibility | spatial analysis for biodiversity conservation | Scoop.it

The world is shrinking. Cheap flights, large scale commercial shipping and expanding road networks all mean that we are better connected to everywhere else than ever before. But global travel and international trade and just two of the forces that have reshaped our world. A new map of Travel Time to Major Cities - developed by the European Commission and the World Bank - captures this connectivity and the concentration of economic activity and also highlights that there is little wilderness left. The map shows how accessible some parts of the world have become whilst other regions have remained isolated.


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What Cities Can Do with Vacant Lots

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Glenwood Green Acres; © Tony Fischer Photography The bursting of the housing bubble wreaked havoc on cities across the United States causing widespread

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