China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe? – Scientific American

For over three decades, the Chinese government has dismissed warnings from scientists and environmentalists that its Three Gorges Dam—the world’s largest—had the potential of becoming one of China’s biggest environmental nightmares.

Read more @ China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe?
Source: Scientific American
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Wheelchairs teach street lesson

 The people who design New York’s streets and sidewalks found out what it’s like to roll on someone else’s wheels Wednesday.

“It was very difficult,” said landscape architect Steve MacAvery as he stepped out of the wheelchair he’d used to travel about a hundred yards up State Street and back. “It’s very hard work on your arms. You feel all the little bumps.”

MacAvery, based at the state Department of Transportation’s regional headquarters in Poughkeepsie, was among about 20 landscape architects from around the state who participated in a training exercise using wheelchairs on loan from the Center for Disability Services.

Read more @ Wheelchairs teach street lesson by Cathy Woodruff 

Source: Times Union – Albany NY.

How Sustainable is your office printer?

As landscape architects and design professionals we try our hardest to be green in our designs with water sensitive design, plants from the local ecology and materials from close to the project. And we also try to bring that green environment to our offices and work places with recycling bins, energy efficient lighting and providing bike racks for staff. But we often forget about the things that we have over the years become more and more reliant on – our computers and printers.

Over the last few years we have swapped our energy sucking CRT monitors for LCD panels and changed to digital format of pdf and dwf. However we always use the printers day in and day out and now Xerox has created the Sustainability Calculator to help us truly find out how green our office is by calculating all our office printers – Energy, Greenhouse Gas and Solid Waste use.

Xerox have also provided a few tips on how your office could be greener.

Source: Xerox North America

 

WORLD WATER DAY – 22 MARCH 2008

Saturday 22 March 2008, World Water Day and an opportunity to reflect on water as our main resource for life. It not only a source of energy for drinking but this year it is also become a focus as the worlds source of Sanitation.

Many countries and people around the world fall victim to disease and illnesses due to the unavailability of water to cleanse themselves. 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation and the UN and many other organisations have focused their efforts on get water not only for drinking but for cleansing around the world.

Although you may feel powerless in your own country to help the billions around the world who need clean water, you too can help in your own country by having shorter showers, watering the garden less, planting water tolerant plants, installing a water efficient toilet and/or a water recycling system in your home. You can also help by donating to those organisations who are helping communities build facilities to provide water and also educate millions on the use water efficiently for drinking and washing.

More about activities on Water Day

More about World Water Resources (source UN Waterday)

ESCAP TO LAUNCH KEY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY ON ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) addresses in the latest issue of its flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2008.

The Survey will be launched on Thursday, 27 March, 2008, at 0500 GMT, in more than 20 capitals in the region, and in New York and Geneva.

This year’s Survey, entitled “Sustaining Growth and Sharing Prosperity,” says 218 million – a third of the region’s poor, largely living in rural areas – could be lifted out of poverty by raising agricultural productivity if governments address decades of policy neglect and failure in the agricultural sector. The Survey also calls for a comprehensive liberalization of global trade in agriculture, as this would take a further 48 million people out of poverty in the region.

Source: ESCAP Press Release: ESCAP TO LAUNCH KEY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY ON ASIA-PACIFIC REGION.

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