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.

MASDAR signs agreement with GPIC

The MASDAR initiative, in Abu Dhabi, signed an agreement with a Bahraini petrochemical fertilizer producer, GPIC, this week under CDM regulations. Dr Sultan Al Jaber said, “Masdar is introducing the CDM mechanism to the hydro-carbon based fertilizer industry in the Gulf region” with the initial project capturing over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 for selling to the UN.”


Read more @ the SOURCE: WAM.

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

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