Green roofs could stop sewage from flowing into waterways

Cities could stop raw sewage from being dumped into local waterways during heavy rains if they installed more rooftop gardens on their buildings, says a Canadian environmental group.

SOURCE: cbc.ca – Green roofs could stop sewage from flowing into waterways: group.

Nests destroyed to curb seagulls – Scotsman.com News

Seagull nests will be destroyed under plans to tackle aggressive birds in towns and cities, it was revealed.

Environment minister Michael Russell outlined plans to destroy nests and discourage breeding on a visit to Dumfries, a town he said had a long-standing gull problem.

SOURCE: Nests destroyed to curb seagulls – Scotsman.com News.

Wastewater fears for urban farms

Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned.

Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment.

read more @ the SOURCE: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Wastewater fears for urban farms.

Environment-friendly Olympic Village granted LEED gold award-Xinhua

Chen Zhili, head of the Beijing Olympic Village, received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold award here on Wednesday presented by the U.S. Green Building Council.

On behalf of the council, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson honored the award to Chen, who is also vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games (BOCOG).

Chen noted that the concept of “Green Olympics, High-Tech Olympics and People’s Olympics” has been fully implemented at the Beijing Olympic Games. The award affirmed the cooperation between China and the United States in clean energy technology for Olympic Games.

SOURCE: XINHUA – Environment-friendly Olympic Village granted LEED gold award_

Shanghai closes in on green roof target – China Daily

Shanghai is well on the way to turning most of its rooftops green.

The Shanghai landscaping administration bureau said Monday that so far more than 95,000 sq m of rooftops have been covered in grass and shrubs, very close to the annual target of 100,000 sq m. The city will spend 5 million yuan ($710,000) this year on the campaign.

SOURCE: China Daily – Shanghai closes in on green roof target.

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