Lantau North Country Park opens (hong kong)

Two-thousand hikers helped Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau open Hong Kong’s 24th country park on Lantau Island today.

The Lantau North (Extension) Country Park adds another 2,360 hectares to Hong Kong’s country park area. It brings Lantau Island’s total country park area to 10,000 hectares, or 70% of the island.

SOURCE: news.gov.hk – Lantau North Country Park opens.

Initiative will educate public about Abu Dhabi’s development – The National Newspaper

National Newspaper reports that

“Planners, architects and the public will be taught the philosophy behind the Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan, the framework for the city’s future development, under an Urban Planning Council (UPC) initiative announced yesterday.

Estidama Community Sustainable Responsibility 2030 (ECSR 2030), will deal with four main elements: environment, economic, social and cultural elements.”

[SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Initiative will educate public about Abu Dhabi’s development - The National Newspaper].

Calif. cities consider green alternatives to lawns

Calif. cities consider green alternatives to lawns as they balance a maintaining a green lawn with dwindling water supplies.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Associated Press: Calif. cities consider green alternatives to lawns.

Urban Trees Enhance Water Infiltration-newswire.com

Newswire reports

“Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on water resources demand creative urban stormwater management.

A group of researchers from Virginia Tech, Cornell, and University of California at Davis have been investigating innovative ways to maximize the potential of trees to address stormwater.

Virginia Tech scientists used two container experiments to establish that urban tree roots have the potential to penetrate compacted subsoils and increase infiltration rates in reservoirs being used to store stormwater.”

SOURCE:Newswise Science News | Urban Trees Enhance Water Infiltration.

UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences

Afrique en ligne reports

Paper-free or paperless conferences may soon be in vogue if a pioneering initiative by the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Qatar passes the test of time.

The initiative is being tried by delegates attending an international conference on the protection of the ozone layer.

SOURCE: Afrique en ligne – UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences.

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