Drought means fewer wildflowers – TDTNews.com – Temple Daily Telegram

TDTNews.com – Temple Daily Telegram

Dennis Markwardt, Texas Department of Transportation’s director of vegetation management, interviewed by Temple Daily Telegram states that this year is one of the worst years on record for wildflowers for many areas in Texas. Apparently the TXDOT stated back in 1932 cultivating wildflowers – “TxDOT buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed each year.”

SOURCE: Drought means fewer wildflowers – TDTNews.com – Temple Daily Telegram

Mexico City road project pits rich against richer – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times reports

“Mexico City’s elite is up in arms over plans to build roadway tunnels and overpasses through lovely suburban neighborhoods, a project that critics say would push the city’s destructive sprawl into forests and a vital aquifer when fresh air and water are already scarce.”

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Los Angeles Times- Mexico City road project pits rich against richer

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Floodway to feature recreation, forests, hills – Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press reports

“It may be only 700 metres wide but the redevelopment of the Red River Floodway will be bigger than 16 Assiniboine Parks by the time it’s finished in a decade or two.

Jeff Frank, the landscape architect of the proposed development, said 250 metres on either side of the 48-kilometre portion of the channel between St. Norbert and Lockport will be revitalized, with a combination of nature and recreation-friendly amenities. It will cover about 6,500 acres, dwarfing the 400 acres belonging to Assiniboine park, he said.”

[SOURCE: Winnipeg Free Press – Floodway to feature recreation, forests, hills]

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Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au – Fire-safe designs for the future]

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New Estidama website launched – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo reports

“The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC)has launched the new web site version of Estidama – sustainability in Arabic…….The state-of-the-art online portal includes a number of interactive tools that allow users home page customization according to their bespoke needs and specialized interests on sustainability issues.”

[SOURCE: AMEinfo – New Estidama online resource to foster sustainability knowledge and dialogue]

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Land preserved in Transylvania County – BlueRidgeNow.com

 BlueRidgeNow.com reports

“A rare natural community in Transylvania County, well-known to naturalists, biologists and conservationists throughout North Carolina, has been permanently protected through the efforts of the landowners and a local land trust, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy…..”

SOURCE: Land preserved in Transylvania County | BlueRidgeNow.com | Times-News Online

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Green trees deliver green benefits – ABC News (Australia)

ABC News reports

“The economic benefits of greening urban areas outweigh the costs, a new US study has found.

Dr Greg McPherson of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Davis, California will present the most comprehensive modelling to date on urban forests at the Urban Greenscapes Symposium in Canberra this week.

“This research is quantifying the role trees can play in clearing the
air, reducing stormwater runoff, sequestering carbon dioxide and saving
energy,” says McPherson, of the Center for Urban Forest Research…”

SOURCE: ABC News (Australia) – Green trees deliver green benefits

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