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Victoria Land Use Plan Takes Climate Change Into Account

July 8, 2013 - in Planning

The Victorian Government's draft Gippsland Regional Growth Plan, a document that will guide land use and infrastructure planning, details the impacts of climate change. Gippsland can expect an increase in extreme weather events over the next 30 years. Temperatures…

Fighting Disaster with Better Land-Use Planning

July 6, 2013 - in Emergency, Planning

As different parts of the world stagger through the process of recovering from various natural disasters, we’re sure to be hearing more and more about…

EPA Report Details How Development Can Impact Public Health, Environment

June 17, 2013 - in Analysis, Environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment – the way we build our cities…

Smart Cities Seen as Crucial for Kickstarting the UK Economy

March 19, 2013 - in Corporate, Smart Cities

Cities are complicated, interdependent ecosystems that are being targeted by national governments as the crucible for reanimation of the economy. With such a focus on what areas the government should priorities to kick start the UK economy Joe Dignan, Chief…

Streams Show Signs of Degradation at Earliest Stages of Urban Development

November 16, 2012 - in Projects, Water

The loss of sensitive species in streams begins to occur at the initial stages of urban development, according to a new study by the USGS. The study found that streams are more sensitive to development than previously understood. "We tend not to think of waterways…

Rising Oceans Mean Planners Need to be Our First Responders

November 4, 2012 - in Emergency, Modeling, Planning, Projects

As Hurricane Sandy dissipates and recovery efforts begin, people are asking what role climate change plays in influencing such storms. Oceans have absorbed much more of the excess heat from global warming than land and scientists understand that when hurricanes…

Game On – Why Your Tween is Poised to be the Next Geospatial Super User

October 9, 2012 - in Column

Much has been written about converging threads in the geospatial arena over the past several years (6 articles in Safe’s blog alone!), whether it’s BIM and GIS, 3D and 2D, 2.5D and 2D, or even geospatial and music videos!  But over the past couple of…

European Cities Make Preparations for Climate Change

October 1, 2012 - in Planning, Projects, Smart Cities

'Be Prepared' has been the official Scout motto since 1907; a new tool will help city planners do just this in preparing cities to face changing weather patterns, and in creating more sustainable cities. This was developed by the SUDPLAN ('Sustainable urban…

Ecosystem Management Must Consider Human Impact Too

May 8, 2012 - in Environment, Planning, Projects

For a long time, ecologists have believed—and others accepted—that when it comes to whether a land mass is covered with forests or grasslands, climate controls the show. They thought that the amount of rain, temperature and frequency of wildfires determine…