The Nelson Mail (NZ) reports that “A waterfront amphitheatre, a promenade area and a heritage orchard are some of the ideas included in the design for a $1 million waterfront park to transform Mapua’s former toxic site.
Mapua-based landscape architect and urban design expert Robin Simpson is leading the project and is working with Nelson landscape architect Heidi Stewart on the concept plan.”
read more @ the SOURCE: The Nelson Mail – The Nelson Mail.
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)
While banks’ liquidity in the Gulf region has been affected by the global credit crisis and the region’s central banks have launched measures to shore up confidence. The crisis has placed Abu Dhabi in an ideal situation, where it can use its surplus cash for launching projects.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Khaleej Times Online – Abu Dhabi Well Positioned for Infrastructure Investments.
The National Newspaper reports “Dubai’s largest property developers say they are cutting back on activity and reviewing the project timetables in response to the worsening economic climate.
The admissions, made yesterday, were the clearest sign yet that developers now consider the lack of credit and slowdown of sales as serious impediments to growth in the months to come.”
SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Developers say they will scale back activity