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

 

Global Hyatt to add 20 hotels in 5 years (in India)

Business Standard “Global Hyatt Corporation, a US-based premier hotel chain operator, has announced an expansion initiative involving erection of 20 new hotel properties in the next five years.”

[SOURCE: Business Standard – Global Hyatt to add 20 hotels in 5 years]

Incheon International Urban Design Competition for Students

The 2009 Incheon International Urban Design Competition for Students aims to contribute to the transformation of Incheon Metropolitan City into a world-class city

SOURCE: Incheon International Urban Design Competition

2nd Master Plan to make city futuristic – Chennai -Express Buzz

Express Buzz reports CHENNAI: A slum-free Chennai, navigable Buckingham Canal, pedestrian walkways and sky buses sounds like a farfetched dream. But this would all be possible, if the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority’s Second Master Plan Vision 2026 becomes a reality.

[SOURCE: Express Buzz – 2nd Master Plan to make city futuristic].

Kolkata’s runway dreams

Business Standard reports “Even as private airport developers in Delhi and elsewhere struggle to find money for their projects, Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport has begun work on a Rs 1,942.51-crore modernisation exercise that will enhance its capacity five-fold to 24 million passengers per annum, and, allow the ultra-large A380 aircraft to land and take off from its tarmac. The time-frame for the first phase of the project is a little over two years.”

[SOURCE: Business Standard – Kolkata's runway dreams]

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