The House on Friday passed a sprawling conservation bill 227-200 aimed at preserving land and water in Arizona, Colorado, California and Washington state. The legislation, called the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, combined eight bills that had previously been introduced. The bill aims to provide extra protection to about 1.5 million acres of public lands by designating them as wilderness. ADVERTISEMENT It would also prevent new oil, gas and mineral extraction on more than 1.2 million acres of public land and preserve 1,000 river miles by adding them to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The vote was largely along party lines, with eight Republicans voting to support the bill and only one Democrat voting against it. “Each title of this bill considers how best to protect public lands and provide for local considerations. Together, they will improve access to clean water, clean air, outdoor recreation and yes, they will even … [Read more...] about House passes major public lands package
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After considerable debate among themselves, Colorado’s U.S. representatives split neatly along party lines Friday during a vote to expand and add protections for the state’s federal lands. The state’s four House Democrats voted in favor of the large public lands package and Colorado’s three House Republicans voted against. It passed the House by a vote of 227-200 and now goes to the U.S. Senate , where its fate is uncertain. “The bottom line is this,” Rep. Joe Neguse , D-Lafayette, said during a debate Friday, “we believe that some places should be set aside permanently from extraction, because some landscapes … are simply too special to be mined, drilled, or excavated.” Included in the package were bills by Neguse and Rep. Diana DeGette , a Denver Democrat, both of which had passed the House in prior years but not been considered by the Senate. Neguse’s Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act would preserve Continental Divide land in the White River National … [Read more...] about U.S. House votes to expand Colorado federal lands, limit oil and gas drilling on them
SINGAPORE: When you wake up in the morning to get ready for work, you switch off the solar-powered fan in your bedroom and head to the shower. Standing under newly replaced shower fittings that lighten the utilities bill, you consider heading up to the community garden on the roof of the HDB multistorey car park to grab some fresh tomatoes after your morning routine. As you leave the bathroom and head to the kitchen to have breakfast, the smart LED lights in the house come on. Your children are getting ready to go to school on a cleaner-energy bus. At their carbon-neutral school, they will learn about climate change and compost their food waste for the school’s community garden. Motion sensor lights in the common areas come alive as you leave the house for work and you make your way down to the dual bicycle racks where you parked your two-wheeler. Next comes the 40-minute journey to your office. As you ride through park connectors and take in the greenery, you think about … [Read more...] about Here’s what life could look like when the new Green Plan is realised in 2030
SINGAPORE: The redevelopment of golf courses could address some of Singapore’s land demands, but there are urban planning considerations that need to be addressed while doing so, experts told CNA. In a Parliamentary sitting on Feb 1, Members of Parliament Rachel Ong (PAP-West Coast) and Leon Perera (WP-Aljunied) both spoke about the need to preserve forests and how Singapore’s golf courses could factor in the equation. In her speech, Ms Ong noted that forests have “accumulative benefits” of stabilising carbon emissions over time, and Singapore must consider its forests as a “last resort”. Giving the example of the Clementi Forest and Ulu Pandan Forest, Ms Ong added that it would be “ecologically responsible” to consider utilising portions of the 1500 hectares across Singapore’s 17 golf courses, before reaching into the country's forest land. “While future generations can choose to rebuild golf courses, forests that are now removed will take decades to grow and the connected … [Read more...] about Could golf courses be the answer to some of Singapore’s development land needs?
SINGAPORE: Plots of land earmarked for the development of the Agri-Food Innovation Park in Kranji were "erroneously" cleared ahead of the conclusion of a commissioned study and a "stern warning" has been issued to the contractor involved, said JTC Corp on Tuesday (Feb 16). In a statement, JTC referred to social media posts regarding the clearance of land at Kranji Road and Kranji Close, saying the area that had been cleared was earmarked for the development of the Agri-Food Innovation Park . The Agri-Food Innovation Park is part of the Sungei Kadut Eco-District. About 18 hectares of land has been set aside for the first phase of development for the Agri-Food Innovation Park in the district to co-locate research and development, prototyping and high-tech farming operations such as indoor farming and aquaculture hatcheries. As part of JTC’s preparations to develop the Agri-Food Innovation Park, it had engaged an environmental specialist to carry out a biodiversity baseline … [Read more...] about Land earmarked for Agri-Food Innovation Park in Kranji ‘erroneously’ cleared: JTC