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
Jordan Rau of the Los Angeles Times reports “Commissions and nonprofits charged with conserving parks, wildlife, water and mountain areas of the state are at risk of laying off staff or closing since the state stopped funding last month.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Funding freeze halts environmental projects across California]
Larry Rohter of the New York Times writes
“Brazil teems with jungles, forests and all sorts of exotic plants, flowers and trees. But until the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx came along to tame and shape his country’s exuberant flora, his countrymen had mostly disdained the natural riches that, often literally, flourished in their own backyards”
read this great article @ the [SOURCE: NYTimes.com – A New Look at the Landscaping Artist Roberto Burle Marx]
guardian.co.uk reports “Perpetuity Group, a Leicester-based research and consultancy firm, studied schools in three neighbourhoods where there was some sort of physical blight near, but not inside, the grounds.”
SOURCE: guardian.co.uk – What cost a derelict landscape?