Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences- Xinhua

The planners of the Shanghai-Hangzhou magnetic levitation (maglev) rail project will design the proposed route to avoid residential buildings and lessen the impact of radiation upon people, according to a municipal government official.

“The maglev project has basically two environmental effects: noise and magnetic radiation,” said Zhang Quan, deputy director of the Shanghai Environmental Bureau.

A maglev train generates high levels of noise at speeds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour. “A possible solution for the noise problem may be slowing the train in downtown areas and speeding it up when it leaves urban districts,” said Zhang.

Approved by the central government in March 2006, the 175-km Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev rail project is estimated to cost 35 billion yuan (4.5 billion U.S. dollars). Trains will be able to reach a speed of 450 km per hour.

Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences_English_Xinhua.

Government’s offshore wind power target branded ‘pie in the sky’

Industry secretary John Hutton announced in Berlin that Britain wanted to expand offshore wind power to provide about a fifth of the country’s electricity by 2020. This would mark a big increase from the current level of less than 1%.

Five years ago the then energy minister, Brian Wilson, announced that vast areas of shallow sea around Britain would be earmarked for an expansion of wind power that theoretically could power Britain three times over

Government’s offshore wind power target branded ‘pie in the sky’ | Environment | The Guardian.

Glasgow 2014 VENUES

After winning the right to stage the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the sporting landscape of Glasgow will be transformed with a redevelopment of existing facilities and the construction of four brand new venues.
GLASGOW 2014 VENUES: Sporting Life

The website lists the existing and new venues that will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Winners announced for Portland Courtyard Design Competition

The City of Portland invited designers to produce design possibilities of housing oriented to shared courtyards. Portland is promoting courtyard housing as an additional infill housing type that can provide a quality living environment at densities higher than conventional detached housing.

The winners of the Inner Site where Keith Rivera and Kristin Anderson of Santa Barbara, California and the winners of the Eastern Site where  Emory Baldwin, Shirley Tomita, Masumi Saito, Lara Normand, Jocelyn Freilinger, Shawna Sherman, and Clara Berridge of Seattle, Washington.

People can vote for their favorite design which will be close on December 28

The Winning Entries can be seen at the Competition Website


Portland Oregon’s Courtyard Housing Design Competition 

Banksia Environmental Foundation – Call for Entries for 2008 Awards

The Banksia Category Awards reflect those issues most relevant to today’s Australian in the ecological sustainability arenas.

Increasingly it is becoming more importandt for corporations, businesses, governments, communities and individuals, to be recognised for their environmental or sustainability credentials.

Entries must be submitted by Monday 5th May 2008. 

Banksia Environmental Foundation – Category Awards.

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