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Cities and natural process: a basis for sustainability by Michael Hough

By Michael Hough

This key publication is a revised and up to date dialogue of the elemental clash within the conception of nature, and an expression of the fundamental want for an environmental view while forthcoming city layout. when protecting the prevailing constitution, all the chapters has been revised take into consideration fresh theoretical and useful advancements. a very new concluding bankruptcy has been extra which pulls jointly the subjects of the amount and hyperlinks those to broader panorama concerns corresponding to greenway platforms, panorama ecology and eco-friendly infrastructure.

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We find a preoccupation with leisure as the prime function of urban parks, while other functions which the unbuilt environment of the city as a whole must serve to maintain environmental quality are largely ignored. Health has been understood to mean the promotion of healthy human bodies, not healthy life systems as a whole. We find a preoccupation with aesthetic design conventions that are more concerned with ‘pedigreed’ landscapes than with the forms that have evolved from the necessity of conservation.

You buy your food in a shop . . ’27 Deelstra also makes the point that visibility is essential in economic and political terms. Paying cash to use a toll road is better than paying an annual tax through the bank for the use of one’s car. Policies should capitalize on the visibility of the environmental consequences of human actions in the process of daily living. One Dutch city, for instance, calculated how many square kilometres of forest should be planted around it to store the carbon dioxide generated by local household emissions.

Oligotrophic lakes are nutrient poor. The supply of plant nutrients to the lake is small in relation to the volume of water to which these are added. Productivity is therefore low. Usually oligotrophic lakes are deep, often with a mean depth of more that 15 metres. The paucity of nutrients limits the amount of algal growth. The water is usually very clear, and the algal production that occurs can take place through much of the water column, since light can penetrate to a considerable depth. As productivity is low, decomposing organic matter may not consume a large proportion of the dissolved oxygen in the bottom layers.

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