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England Begins Second Lockdown to Protect the National Health Service

The day after Election Day in America, the U.K. Parliament voted overwhelmingly to impose a 4-week lockdown in England to ensure that nation's prized healthcare system doesn't collapse due to treating mounting coronavirus infections.

November 8, 2020 - The Independent

Scotland, United Kingdom

Trump Golf Course Destroyed Protected Scottish Ecosystem

The president promised to protect the unique natural area when he received permission to develop a resort there.

August 3, 2018 - The Guardian

Traffic Safety

Scotland Could Take '20 Is Plenty' National

It looks very likely that Scotland will take unprecedented action—and global leadership—in the name of traffic safety.

May 19, 2018 - Price Tags

Speed Limit

Scottish Town Tackles Speeders with Blow Dryers

Mimicking traffic cops, local townsfolk have resorted to speed checking passing cars with blow dryers.

February 27, 2017 - BBC

Glasgow

Glasgow's High Mortality Rate and a History of Poor Planning

Decades of poor urban planning and policy decisions have contributed to "the Glasgow Effect," which has seen higher rates of mortality for Glaswegians compared to similar de-industrialized cities.

June 27, 2016 - The Guardian (UK)

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Sets 20-mph Speed Limit

Citing pedestrian and cyclist casualties, the Scottish capital will reduce speed limits on 80 percent of its streets to a mere 20 mph. Backers are pushing for additional complete streets improvements.

March 17, 2016 - Next City

Morro Bay Could be Home to West Coast's First Offshore Wind Farm

If a Seattle company gets its way, in a few years there will be 100 floating wind turbines about 15 miles off San Luis Obispo County on the central California coast, generating about 1 gigawatt of electricity.

November 14, 2015 - San Jose Mercury News

Edinburgh

Why Urban History Matters

Chuck Wolfe's recent reconnaissance of Edinburgh provides a foil for his rallying cry: Going forward, let’s not discount the influence of history’s recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.

March 4, 2014 - myurbanist

How Not to Run a Global Mega-Firm

Jane Bradley traces the rise and fall of Scotland-based RMJM. Since completing its crowning achievement, the new Scottish Parliament building, the firm has expanded and contracted, and been rescued from receivership. Can it ever succeed again?

April 4, 2013 - Scotsman.com

Trump Huffs and Puffs about Scottish Offshore Wind Project

Donald Trump says he will sue to prevent the construction of an offshore wind farm that government officials claim will boost the local economy and meet half of residential energy needs in Aberdeen, Scotland.

March 28, 2013 - Huffington Post

Do Oil-Exporting Nations Have an Obligation to Mitigate Climate Change?

Norway takes this responsibility seriously. Not only will it double its carbon tax, in existence since 1991, but it will use revenues to invest in renewable energy and food security in the developing world while expanding its own oil exploration.

October 15, 2012 - Guardian - U.K.

World's Biggest Wind Farm Planned for Waters Off Scotland

Terry Macalister reports on the £4.5bn plan to construct 339 turbines covering 300 square kilometres off Scotland's northern coast, which could potentially power 40% of the country's homes.

September 4, 2012 - The Guardian

Is Housing a Human Right?

Advocates around the country, and around the world, think so, and they're making their case from Southern California to Scotland and South Africa.

February 24, 2012 - Shelterforce

Scotland to Build Floating Wind Farm Offshore

Officials in Scotland have announced plans to build a farm of floating wind turbines offshore.

August 18, 2010 - The Guardian

High Speed Rail from London to Scotland Planned

Take a virtual (5-minute) trip on the 250 mph proposed train from London to Glasgow. All political parties agree on the need for what Secretary of State, Andrew Adonis, terms '21st century transport revolution', but the routing is less certain.

March 16, 2010 - BBC News

Does Public Involvement Enhance Tough Decision-Making?

A local Council in Scotland is considering convening a Citizens Panel to consider the next round of difficult cuts to local budgets. This opinion piece debates whether public involvement is a value-added, or if it just slows down decisionmaking.

February 10, 2010 - The Inverness Courier

Locals Peeved About New 'Clean' Scottish Power Lines

A 137-mile clean energy transmission line has been approved in the UK, connecting wind and wave power facilities near the coast. But some environmental groups are not happy about the plan.

January 7, 2010 - Guardian

Future Scotland: Debating the Built Environment

The Lighthouse Centre for Architecture and Design in Glasgow stirred up a series of debates to talk about the future of Scotland's built environment.

April 28, 2009 - The Sunday Herald (Scotland)

The New King of Scotland

Allan Murray's architectural vision is habing a signficant influence on the future of development in Edinburgh. This column from The Times wonders if putting the future of a city in one man's hands is such a good idea.

August 15, 2008 - The Times

Church Vs. Casino

It's ethics vs. economics in a debate over a proposed casino in Stranraer, Scotland.

June 13, 2008 - BBC News

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