British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Friday warned retailers they had to start charging shoppers for the 13 billion plastic bags they currently get for free each year or the government would step in to force them.
Most bags end as landfill waste or being blown across the countryside, littering the landscape and harming wildlife.
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The dragon at Beijing Capital International Airport came to life on Friday. Everyone who walks into the dragon-shaped Terminal 3 (T3) will see the flattery heaped upon it before it opened was no deception.
The new terminal wasn’t even half as crowded as the two older ones around noon, when this reporter walked in. No lines in front of check-in desks, no passenger running down the passages, no arguments in hushed or loud tones, No strains, at all. That’s should be good news for those traveling to and from Beijing for the Olympic Games.
The building runs for 3.25km and covers 98 hectares of floor space, the equivalent to about 170 soccer pitches.
Architect – Norman Foster
Read more @ Terminal lifts Beijing into the high-flying club – China Daily
The first building in a new Stanford University science and engineering quadrangle will open Tuesday, complete with a long list of features intended to minimize energy use and maximize interaction among scholars. The 166,000-square-foot structure, which will house environmental-science researchers, was designed to the university’s own Stanford Performance Criteria for High Performance Buildings. It is being referred to as “LEED platinum-equivalent.”
Buildings & Grounds: New Stanford Environmental-Science Building Uses Its Own Standards, Not LEED’s – Chronicle.com.
Landscape or the garden is as old as the earth is. They are an art by themselves as they create such beautiful experiences in the people that uplift their spirits and expand their vision and invigorate their very life It is necessary that we formulate plans to enact laws in such a way that every concrete construction, be it a housing complex or a building for a hotel or an industry or a company there should be sufficient space earmarked for landscape. Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu, opened the 4th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Conference 2008 in Chennai with these words.
Is Chennai A Concrete Jungle? – Chennaionline.com
China is studying how to move away from the country’s one-child-per-couple restriction, but any changes would come gradually and would not mean an elimination of family planning policies, a senior official said Thursday.
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The official, Zhao Baige, vice minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, told reporters at a news conference that government officials recognize that China must alter its current population-control policies.
“We want incrementally to have this change,” Ms. Zhao said, according to Reuters. “I cannot answer at what time or how, but this has become a big issue among decision makers.”
China to Reconsider One-Child Limit – New York Times.
GRAND RAPIDS — It hasn’t taken long for some of the much-touted environmentally friendly features of Rapid Central Station to lose their green.
Rapid officials Wednesday approved spending $220,000 to replace the station’s green roof and $160,000 to replace the fiberoptic lighting that gives the Teflon canopy over its bus terminal a distinctive nighttime glow.
Officials say the green roof covered with sedum — a live Alpine plant that absorbs water — simply hasn’t thrived since it was installed in 2004.
Officials say they have worked with local horticulturists for the past three years and have determined the synthetic material for the plants isn’t deep enough. They also said the fiber optic lighting over the LEED-certified bus terminal costs far more than expected.
Rapid Central Station’s green roof will be replaced – mlive.com.
A major road project started by the Government of Mongolia is be carried forward in six civil works packages to be funded by the Asian Development Bank and China.
Known as the Western Corridor development project, the road will span the 750km between the Chinese border at Yarant in the south of Mongolia’s western region, as far north as Ulaanbaishint at the Russian Federation border.
At an estimated cost of US$200 million, the road will become part of the Asian Highway Network, a 141,000 km road system traversing 32 Asian countries with links to European roadways.
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