Saturday 22 March 2008, World Water Day and an opportunity to reflect on water as our main resource for life. It not only a source of energy for drinking but this year it is also become a focus as the worlds source of Sanitation.
Many countries and people around the world fall victim to disease and illnesses due to the unavailability of water to cleanse themselves. 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation and the UN and many other organisations have focused their efforts on get water not only for drinking but for cleansing around the world.
Although you may feel powerless in your own country to help the billions around the world who need clean water, you too can help in your own country by having shorter showers, watering the garden less, planting water tolerant plants, installing a water efficient toilet and/or a water recycling system in your home. You can also help by donating to those organisations who are helping communities build facilities to provide water and also educate millions on the use water efficiently for drinking and washing.
More about activities on Water Day
More about World Water Resources (source UN Waterday)
Have you ever taken your innovative ideas to the extreme? Now is your opportunity. If you have the ingenuity to create affordable, energy efficient housing that minimizes climate change emissions and withstands temperature extremes.
Judged by some of the leading architects around the world, total prizes and honoraria is €100,000, with the winning design being awarded €50,000. The winning architects will have the opportunity to utilize the exceptional qualities of steel to construct their design in Cherepovets, Russian Federation, known for its extreme temperature ranges.
Last year there was 3 winning firms – one for Brazil, UK and China.
Go to the Living Steel website for more information
Fee guidelines for professionals working within South Africa’s built environment are set to come under scrutiny over the next few months, when fee and work-reservation proposals for professionals operating in the sector will be presented to the Competition Commission.
Read more @ Competition body to apply its mind to new fee schedules for professionals operating within the built environment.
Urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific region has driven up poverty, says the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap).
The agency’s latest yearbook showed that with an increase in urbanisation and growth, urban poverty had also worsened.
This year represented a turning point in human geography. For the first time in history, more people now live in cities than in rural areas.
Although the Asia-Pacific region, along with Africa, was still one of the least urbanised regions of the world, its urban population had grown at the fastest pace in the last 15 years, said the yearbook, which describes economic, social and environmental trends in Asia and the Pacific.
Source: Bangkok Post : General news.
Are Australians visually illiterate? That’s the question that architects, designers and their critics have been pondering since the first convict staggered ashore, whacked up a bark humpy on the edge of Sydney Harbour, hung an emoh ruo sign on the front door and stuck a gnome in the garden.
The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Glenn Murcutt is in no doubt.
Read more @ The triumph of ugliness – smh.com.au.
Source: Syndey MOrning Herald
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) addresses in the latest issue of its flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2008.
The Survey will be launched on Thursday, 27 March, 2008, at 0500 GMT, in more than 20 capitals in the region, and in New York and Geneva.
This year’s Survey, entitled “Sustaining Growth and Sharing Prosperity,” says 218 million – a third of the region’s poor, largely living in rural areas – could be lifted out of poverty by raising agricultural productivity if governments address decades of policy neglect and failure in the agricultural sector. The Survey also calls for a comprehensive liberalization of global trade in agriculture, as this would take a further 48 million people out of poverty in the region.
Source: ESCAP Press Release: ESCAP TO LAUNCH KEY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY ON ASIA-PACIFIC REGION.
Local governments in China, keen on attracting big investment projects to boost local economies, are starting to listen to a public increasingly concerned with potential environmental hazards.
Some projects, such as a chemical plant planned for Xiamen, in southwestern Fujian province, are being shelved, suspended or relocated due to public objections. A US$5 billion Sinopec-Kuwait oil joint-venture refinery proposed for Guangzhou, in Guangdong province, is at the center of one such dispute.
Read more @ Asia Times Online :: China News, China Business News, Taiwan and Hong Kong News and Business..
Source: Asia Times Online