The city took a tentative step this week toward fulfilling the dream of a certain kind of urban idealist, saying that it will explore the possibility of creating a bike-sharing program that could make hundreds or even thousands of bicycles available for public use.
“This is a really big deal,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. “In the realm of things you can do to boost bicycling in a city, bike-share is at the top of the list.”
The city asked companies and organizations interested in running a bike-sharing program to provide assessments of how it could work.
SOURCE: NYTimes.com – City Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan –
CNN.com gives the basic prinicples of landscaping around your home in defence of wild fires. This article is a reaction to the California wildfires and comments that fire season is all year round in California.
Landscaping that can stop wildfires – CNN.com.
An award-winning guide to preserving the region’s native plants was launched last week.
Restoring Our Native Plants contains lists of plants suitable for use in each of Manukau city’s different ecosystem areas. Readers can find out which plants are best suited to their area by looking up the eco-address in the book.
The initiative is a joint effort between the Manukau City Council and Auckland Regional Council, community and conservation groups and local iwi.
SOURCE: Stuff.co.nz – Plant guide breaks new ground in conservation – Eastern Courier news on
The Government should drop proposals for eco-towns in rural locations and concentrate instead on developing sustainable communities in urban areas, according to the chairman of Birmingham’s planning committee.
Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn said the council would be pushing ahead with its own plans to build five eco-towns within the Birmingham city boundary.
He said locations favoured by the Government for eco-towns including Long Marston, near Stratford-upon-Avon, and Curborough, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, made “no sense” because they were isolated from transport links and nowhere near urban centres.
Birmingham Post – Eco-towns should be near urban sprawl, say planning chief
Numerous news sources have reported on the G8 summit with Climate Change seen as the one of the top issues that needs to be addressed. The other critical issues are being referred to as the 3F Crisis – Food, Fuel, Finance. With many countries heading into slow down and some a recession with high inflation and the skyrocketing price of oil.
Reuters reports that The G8 has gone green with this summit with Carbon Offsetting of all attendees and reporters of flights, hotel accomodation. Also the car fleet being a mix of plug ins, hybrids and hydrogen vehicles including the Honda FCX Clarity recently announced to be leased to Californians. Read more at Reuters
SOURCE: Xinhua, Reuters, Guardian
Mexicans went out and planted more than 8 million trees across the country on Saturday as part of a government push to shed its reputation for environmental mismanagement and rampant illegal logging.
Packs of volunteers, including oil workers and schoolchildren, trekked into fields and forests up and down Mexico wielding shovels and wheelbarrows full of government-supplied saplings. They planted a 8.3 million trees, the environment ministry said.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Reuters – Mexico plants 8 million trees in latest green project | Environment |