Efforts to tackle global warming received a boost today with the successful launch in Japan of a satellite to monitor greenhouse gases from space.
The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (or “GOSAT” in its English-language acronym) is the first satellite to observe greenhouse gases and monitor changes in the effects they cause. It was launched from the island of Tanegashima, in southern Japan, by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a key partner of the United Nations’ regional arm – the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific(ESCAP) – in addressing disaster risk reduction and environmental issues.
SOURCE: UN/ESCAP Information Services
Jordan Rau of the Los Angeles Times reports “Commissions and nonprofits charged with conserving parks, wildlife, water and mountain areas of the state are at risk of laying off staff or closing since the state stopped funding last month.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Funding freeze halts environmental projects across California]
BBC News reports “Can a simple idea help make the world a better place? Professor of landscape architecture, Martha Schwartz argues that we should all be shareholders of the world’s natural resources.”
Listen to Martha Schwartz speak @ The Forum podcast
if this link does work go to Forum Website
[SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Preserving national resources]
Technology giant Cisco has launched a competition for architecture graduates and undergraduates to design the “connected community of the future”
Entries must be submitted by February 27, and the winning design will be awarded £2,000, with an exhibition of finalists’ ideas to be held at the RIBA.
For more information go to the Cisco site
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Building Design – Students called to design sustainable community]
globeandmail.com reports “The Wychwood streetcar repair barns were once a major hub of the Toronto Civic Railway, the forerunner of the TTC. After an environmentally-friendly makeover, they have become some of the most desired spaces for artists in the city.
“But society throws away way more buildings than it should,” he says. I feel very lucky to be involved in the redevelopment of these amazing brownfields and these incredible, unique structures. I see projects like this as examples of what we should be building.”
read the full article at the [SOURCE: globeandmail.com: Industrial chic].
Martha Grove of the LA Times reports that “The city is eager to complete Legacy Park, where storm water would be treated. But environmental groups say officials aren’t taking adequate steps to prevent sewage from leaching into the ocean.”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Surf, sewage form a combustible mix in Malibu