Sustainability to be woven into new buildings – Gulfnews

Rayeesa Absal of Gulf News reports “Upcoming buildings in the capital will need to have a minimum level of sustainability woven into their design plan in order to enable developers to secure the approval of the authorities for any project, officials told Gulf News.

Moving a step ahead of the Estidama (sustainability in Arabic) initiative launched in 2008 by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the council has unveiled a new development benchmark called Estidama Integrative Design Process (EIDP).”

{SOURCE: Gulfnews: Sustainability to be woven into new buildings}.

Satellite to Monitor Global Greenhouse Gases Launched Successfully

Efforts to tackle global warming received a boost today with the successful launch in Japan of a satellite to monitor greenhouse gases from space.

The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (or “GOSAT” in its English-language acronym) is the first satellite to observe greenhouse gases and monitor changes in the effects they cause. It was launched from the island of Tanegashima, in southern Japan, by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a key partner of the United Nations’ regional arm – the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific(ESCAP) – in addressing disaster risk reduction and environmental issues.

SOURCE: UN/ESCAP Information Services

 

Funding freeze halts environmental projects across California – Los Angeles Times

Jordan Rau of the Los Angeles Times reports “Commissions and nonprofits charged with conserving parks, wildlife, water and mountain areas of the state are at risk of laying off staff or closing since the state stopped funding last month.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Funding freeze halts environmental projects across California]

Preserving national resources – Martha Schwartz – BBC NEWS – Magazine

BBC News reports “Can a simple idea help make the world a better place? Professor of landscape architecture, Martha Schwartz argues that we should all be shareholders of the world’s natural resources.”

Listen to Martha Schwartz speak @ The Forum podcast
if this link does work go to Forum Website

[SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Preserving national resources]

Surf, sewage form a combustible mix in Malibu – Los Angeles Times

Martha Grove of the LA Times reports that “The city is eager to complete Legacy Park, where storm water would be treated. But environmental groups say officials aren’t taking adequate steps to prevent sewage from leaching into the ocean.”

read the full article @ the SOURCE: Los Angeles TimesSurf, sewage form a combustible mix in Malibu

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