Urban beekeeping the new buzz?

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BBC NEWS reports

Disease, mites and fungal infections may be destroying our native colonies, but a plot has been hatched to restock their numbers on Britain’s urban rooftops and gardens.

Omlet, the firm which fuelled interest in urban chicken-rearing with its modern plastic Eglu coop, has launched the beehaus – a plastic hive aimed at urban dwellers.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Is urban beekeeping the new buzz?

Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters

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allAfrica.com reports

Once a town that had numerous wetlands to show for it, Kampala’s wetlands now count for only 16 per cent of the total cover. Al-mahdi Ssenkabirwa writes about the dangers that await us as a consequence.

Wetlands are a vital resource because they serve as sponges and water filters. They also prevent destructive flooding along lakes or rivers. But this resource is considerably disappearing by the day. Reason – excessive pollution and encroachment.

SOURCE allAfrica.com – Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters

Taipei Pop Music Center International Design Competition

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To encourage pop music creation, patronage performing talents and teams, integrate relevant peripheral industrial development, the R.O.C. plans to build a large pop music performing center in northern Taiwan with outdoor performing plaza and relevant measures. It is aimed to support development of the pop music industry in Taiwan with the goal of becoming the leading center of the Chinese creative music development internationally and for industrial experiment. The government is now actively pushing for the Northern Taiwan Pop Music Center Construction Plan.

With an area of approximately 7.65 hectares, the center base is located in Nangang District, Taipei City, nearby the MRT Kunyang Station. The principal space design comprises of an indoor performing hall with 4500-6000 seats, an outdoor performing space with 15000 standing seats, exhibition space for reputed musicians, a digital library, a medium and small indoor exhibition and performing live house, industrial communities and incubation space, etc.

For more information about Taipei Pop Music Center International Design Competition go to the Competition Website

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Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

San Francisco Chronicle reports

San Francisco got a taste of modern bicycle sharing when a truck pulled into Golden Gate Park on Sunday and dropped off seven bikes attached to a unique pay station that was portable, wireless and juiced by solar panels.

For five hours, hundreds of park visitors tested out the Bixi system, which since May has allowed Montreal residents – with the swipe of a credit card or prepaid pass – to unlock a bike from one station and drop it off at another.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle – Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan may be ready for approval by late 2010

TahoeBonanza.com reports

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan could be in the hands of environmental consultant EDAW by next week, according to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials.

Now EDAW will review those options in addition to a project description and the proposed code changes needed to support the environmental policies that will eventually go to the TRPA Governing Board for approval.

SOURCE: TahoeBonanza.com – Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan may be ready for approval by October 2010

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