New green materials testing lab for Dubai – Xpress

Dubai Municipality has established a new laboratory for testing green materials. The new initiative will be used for assessing the characteristics of these materials as per the international approved standard specifications, said Eng. Hawa Abdullah Bastaki, Director of Dubai Central Laboratory Department.

She said the initiative is also in line with the Dubai Government’s directives on facing the current environmental challenges aimed at transforming Dubai to a hygienic and sustainable city adhering to all environment friendly standards, which will make it capable of providing safe and secure life for its citizens.

Read more at the SOURCE: Xpress: News – New green materials testing lab for Dubai.

Seattle Treescape: A bigger canopy

In a city that says it wants to restore its green, two Seattle City Council members have a good idea: Protect remaining groves of trees.

Council President Richard Conlin and Councilwoman Sally Clark say the city needs to update Department of Planning and Development rules on protection of tree groves into greater account. They also want the department to offer legislation to protect tree groves with ecological value.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Seattlepi.com – Seattle Treescape: A bigger canopy.

ADPC and Masdar to collect emissions – The National Newspaper

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) said it would partner with Masdar, the Government’s alternative energy company, to develop ways to collect emissions from its planned Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone.

The pollutants would be pumped into ageing oil wells, both to store them but also to increase well pressure and enhance crude production. As an added bonus, the project could qualify for carbon emissions trading as set out by the Kyoto protocol.

“Our aim is to become the world’s first green industrial zone,” said Ali al Badi, the new chief executive of ADPC.

Carbon capturing is an emerging technology that collects harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the smokestacks of power plants and industrial factories to prevent them from entering the atmosphere.

SOURCE: The National Newspaper – ADPC and Masdar to collect emissions .

Talking green: A guide to eco-English

Denise Ryan of the Times Colonist (Canada) has written a great article on the language, lexicon, jargon of Eco-English. Terms that we use in day to day life as professionals and educators but often we forget what they actually mean.

For the correct meaning on Bioaccumulation, Freecycling, Point Sources and many other terms we use in our professions this is a great reference for young and old.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Times-Colonist – Talking green: A guide to eco-English – Denise Ryan

Cuba’s urban farming program a stunning success – International Herald Tribune

or Miladis Bouza, the global food crisis arrived two decades ago. Now, her efforts to climb out of it could serve as a model for people around the world struggling to feed their families.

Bouza was a research biologist, living a solidly middle-class existence, when the collapse of the Soviet Union — and the halt of its subsidized food shipments to Cuba — effectively cut her government salary to US$3 a month. Suddenly, a trip to the grocery store was out of reach.

So she quit her job, and under a program championed by then-Defense Minister Raul Castro, asked the government for the right to farm an overgrown, half-acre lot near her Havana home. Now, her husband tends rows of tomatoes, sweet potatoes and spinach, while Bouza, 48, sells the produce at a stall on a busy street.

Neighbors are happy with cheap vegetables fresh from the field. Bouza never lacks for fresh produce, and she pulls in between 2,000 to 5,000 pesos (US$100-250) a month — many times the average government salary of 408 pesos (US$19).

Read more @ the International Herald Tribune Cuba’s urban farming program a stunning success .

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