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

A DIY Guide To Building A Green Roof Hits The Virtual Shelves.

London, England. Two of the UK’s leading proponents of green roofs have teamed up to produce ‘THE DIY GUIDE TO GREEN & LIVING ROOFS’ – a guide aimed at individuals with a Do-It-Yourself inclination along with those having trouble persuading local contractors to take up the challenge of installing a green roof on their behalf.

‘The DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs’ is available to buy in eBook formats at http://www.livingroofs.org/DIY_Guide_intro.html for GBP 11.65.

SOURCE: PressZoom.com – Global News Service – News and Press Release Distribution.

London offers its memorial to the 52 victims of 7/7 terrorism – Times Online

Ben Hoyle of the Times looks at the newly unvealed design for the 7/7 memorial

The design unveiled yesterday by the architects Carmody Groarke is on a more human scale than the American and Spanish projects. It consists of 52 steel columns, one for each innocent life lost, arranged in a clearing at the southeast corner of Hyde Park. Each column stands 3m (about 10ft) tall, weighs about a tonne and is cast from stainless steel in a process that ensures that each one is subtly different from the others.

Read more @ the SOURCE: London offers its memorial to the 52 victims of 7/7 terrorism – Times Online.

$400m windfarm approved

Otago Daily has reported that a $400m NZD ($295m USD) Mahinerangi windfarm proposed by Trustpower has been approved by the Environment Court.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Otago Daily

You won’t see the dereliction for the trees – Scotsman.com News

THIRTEEN million trees have been planted halfway through an ambitious 20-year plan to transform an area of Scotland the size of Greater London by covering a fifth of it with woodland.
The charity behind the scheme says the Central Scotland Forest is taking the form and significance envisaged.

Read more @ the SOURCE:  Scotsman.com  – You won’t see the dereliction for the trees –

Moving Downtown to save on car costs

The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported over the last few weeks on the growing trend for young people and empty nesters moving downtown in major cities across the USA to save on fuel costs and to reduce their travel time.

The other growing trend is more people opting to use public transport to get to work whether it be driving to a station and riding to work.

Both of these shifts in commuter patterns is due to fuel however it is not solely in the USA, across Europe and Asis are changing their habits however many governments have been left lagging on public transport as they never anticipated a huge spike in oil. 

Let’s hope this shift to downtown living and use of public transport stays for the long term and creates more livable walkable cities.

The reference SOURCE: Associated Press – Renters go downtown to save on gas, commuting

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