UNEP reports “Cities from Beijing to New Delhi are getting darker, glaciers in ranges like the Himalayas are melting faster and weather systems becoming more extreme, in part, due to the combined effects of man-made Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
These are among the conclusions of scientists studying a more than three km-thick layer of soot and other manmade particles that stretches from the Arabian Peninsula to China and the western Pacific Ocean.”
SOURCE: UNEP – Press Release – Wide Spread and Complex Climatic Changes Outlined in New UNEP Project Atmospheric Brown Cloud Report – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
courier mail reports that “BRISBANE may have to sacrifice some middle-ring character suburbs to medium-density housing to achieve population targets, an academic says.
Brisbane has to accommodate an extra 140,000 people over the next 20 years through what is known as infill development, or redeveloping areas with higher density.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Character suburbs may make way for medium density | The Courier-Mail.
THE first Sichuan earthquake relic park opened today in Qingchuan County of Guangyuan City.
The park covers nearly 50 square kilometers and includes five villages and one town, Chengdu Business Daily reported today.
The area was the most heavily damaged by the May 12 earthquake that measured 8.0 on the Richter scale. Thirty-six quake lakes formed within the park’s area and other geological formations created by the quake can be seen.
SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Quake relic park opens in Sichuan
An interesting look at Urban Indian culture from Aakar Patel
SOURCE: The News – Observations about the urban Indian.
India’s cities face many challenges, and one looms larger than the rest: How much will it cost to build our urban infrastructure?
read more @ the SOURCE: livemint.com – Building urban India – Columnist –
Eyeing business opportunities and increased tourism, the Spanish capital of Madrid is seeking to deepen its engagement with Indian metros, particularly New Delhi, by showcasing its expertise in the area of efficient and sustainable development of cities.
SOURCE: The Economic Times.– Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros – Foreign Trade-Economy-News-
Many green groups have recently taken aim at lighting in the international city of Hong Kong. Friends of the Earth have called upon retailers to minimise the lighting and to turn off many of its lights during the (after 2am).
SOURCE: Reuters UK ‘Hong Kong night light pollution under the spotlight | Environment | Reuters’.