“Asia-Pacific Gateway for Climate Change” – UN ESCAP

April 23, 2008,AEDT

Countries from Asia and the Pacific, both developed and developing, are gathering in Bangkok to share experiences on “co-benefits approach to climate change” – win-win actions which cut greenhouse gas emissions while alleviating poverty. The meeting today (23 April) is organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for | Read More

Pecha Kucha Beijing Volume No.8

April 22, 2008,AEDT

Pecha Kucha Beijing Volume No.8  –  18th of May 2008  –  04:00pm at Yugong Yishan –  Admission RMB 20, After a small pause to regain energy, Pecha Kucha Beijing is back in full swing!The line up of Volume 8’s speakers is compiled of professionals of the fashion industry, artists, architects and multimedia specialists. | Read More

Hungry Mile wasteland warning

April 17, 2008,AEDT

THE man advising New York on how to revamp its public spaces has slammed the NSW Government’s plan for the former Hungry Mile site, warning it will become “fearsome at night” and a “wasteland” on weekends and public holidays. The Government wants to transform the historic wharves at East Darling | Read More

West Lake urban area scheme announced – Vietnam

April 10, 2008,AEDT

The Ha Noi Department of Planning and Architecture late last week announced details of the West Lake urban area project. The urban area, which has a total investment capital of US$314-mil in its first phase, will cover an area of more than 200ha and can accommodate around 20,000 people. The | Read More

Korea to help out with Hanoi’s new urban center

April 6, 2008,AEDT

Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, will contribute 90 percent of the cost of mapping out a new urban center along Hanoi’s Hong (Red) River, the Hanoi Planning and Architecture Department said Saturday. After the project plan is drawn up, it will be submitted for approval to the | Read More

China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe? – Scientific American

March 27, 2008,AEDT

For over three decades, the Chinese government has dismissed warnings from scientists and environmentalists that its Three Gorges Dam—the world’s largest—had the potential of becoming one of China’s biggest environmental nightmares. Read more @ China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe? Source: Scientific American.

Bigger cities means more poverty says UN

March 21, 2008,AEDT

Urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific region has driven up poverty, says the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap). The agency’s latest yearbook showed that with an increase in urbanisation and growth, urban poverty had also worsened. This year represented a turning point in human geography. For | Read More

The Chinese: from Yellow Peril to Green Peril?

March 11, 2008,AEDT

Daniel Ben-Ami writes a thought provocating essay on China that debunks some of the generalisations that we have read over the years about China and its disregard for the environment The possibility that China could become a fully industrialised and urbanised society, with living standards akin to those in the | Read More

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