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FootprintWire 10.7.12

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Today’s green news: John Lin’s new twist on the rural courtyard residence embraces self-sufficiency

Government defends Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) after criticism over £400m climate budget underspend, in The Guardian.

EU unveils €8.1bn research fund programme to support development of Smart Cities, tackling urbanisation and waste management, on Business Green.

British farmers are urged to grow more exotic crops to open new markets and reduce reliance on imports, in The Independent.

And finally…John Lin’s award-winning ‘house for all seasons’, featuring patterned mudbrick walls, multi-functional roof and water collection strategies, encourages occupants to embrace greater self-sufficiency, on Dezeen.

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