Satellite to Monitor Global Greenhouse Gases Launched Successfully

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

 

Funding freeze halts environmental projects across California – Los Angeles Times

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.”

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Preserving national resources – Martha Schwartz – BBC NEWS – Magazine

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]

City planners like PATH skylights proposal – Toronto – National Post

Michael McKiernan, National Post reports “An urban design team has proposed bubble-like skylights for the downtown PATH system, hoping to bring natural light underground and help pedestrians both above and below ground to orient themselves”

[SOURCE: National Post – City planners like PATH skylights proposal]

Students called to design sustainable community – Building Design

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

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