Top Olympic athlete Yao Ming is the UN Environment Programme’s first-ever Environmental Champion

Basketball megastar Yao Ming, who plays for the National Basketball Association ( NBA ) and for China’s Olympic team, is one of the most famous athletes in the world today. He is a national icon in China and carried the Olympic Flame into Tiananmen Square on 6 August, as well as being his country’s flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony.

“I am delighted and greatly honored to accept the UN Environment Programme’s offer to become their first ever ‘Environmental Champion'”, Yao Ming said. “In my role as Environmental Champion, I will work with governments, the private sector and the public to promote good and effective management of our environment so we can preserve the planet for future generations.”

SOURCE: UNEP Press Release

$400m windfarm approved

Otago Daily has reported that a $400m NZD ($295m USD) Mahinerangi windfarm proposed by Trustpower has been approved by the Environment Court.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Otago Daily

You won’t see the dereliction for the trees – Scotsman.com News

THIRTEEN million trees have been planted halfway through an ambitious 20-year plan to transform an area of Scotland the size of Greater London by covering a fifth of it with woodland.
The charity behind the scheme says the Central Scotland Forest is taking the form and significance envisaged.

Read more @ the SOURCE:  Scotsman.com  – You won’t see the dereliction for the trees -

Moving Downtown to save on car costs

The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported over the last few weeks on the growing trend for young people and empty nesters moving downtown in major cities across the USA to save on fuel costs and to reduce their travel time.

The other growing trend is more people opting to use public transport to get to work whether it be driving to a station and riding to work.

Both of these shifts in commuter patterns is due to fuel however it is not solely in the USA, across Europe and Asis are changing their habits however many governments have been left lagging on public transport as they never anticipated a huge spike in oil. 

Let’s hope this shift to downtown living and use of public transport stays for the long term and creates more livable walkable cities.

The reference SOURCE: Associated Press – Renters go downtown to save on gas, commuting

Hong Kong opens processing plant for manure – guardian.co.uk

Hong Kong has prepared a HK$37 million ($4.75 million) composting plant to deal with up to 20 tonnes of manure a day from horses taking part in equestrian events in next month’s Olympics and September’s Paralympics.

Hong Kong opens processing plant for manure – guardian.co.uk.

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