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Will the Olympics prove a long-term congestion cure?


Thursday, 02 August 2012 12:50

Efforts to keep London moving during the Games could help unjam the city for years to come, says Terry Slavin.

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Will the Olympics win the green regeneration game?


Thursday, 02 August 2012 12:10

Restorative ecology was at the heart of the winning bid. But how well do the slick sporting venues sit alongside the city’s biodiversity plans?

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How science and the Olympics can learn from each other


Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:08

The Olympic Games are a reminder that — as in science — competitiveness must be tempered with cooperation to achieve social development.

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Symbiotic urban farming and industrial reuse in Chicago


Thursday, 26 July 2012 13:46

In many former industrially important cities in the United States and around the world, solid old buildings stand empty — useless. But one green innovator is proving that such structures could instead be off-the-grid, zero emission urban food oases.

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What’s powering the ‘most sustainable’ Games?


Thursday, 26 July 2012 13:08

London 2012 set out to be a shining example of good green practice on resources and power use. But has it fulfilled that promise, asks Robin Yapp.

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Staging a sporting event on the scale of the Olympics was always going to be a high-energy undertaking, in more ways than one. All those buildings, all those people, all that power… Squaring this with the lofty aspirations to stage the world's most sustainable major sporting event was, to put it mildly, a big ask.