Biofuels threaten food security and environment

Biofuels threaten food security and environment

Less than two years ago few people knew about biofuels. Today, Indonesians are struggling to cope with the escalating costs of daily essentials, like rice, as the amount of agricultural land being used to produce this new source of energy increases.

A combination of skyrocketing oil prices and the need to find alternatives to climate changing fossil fuels is driving this new biofuel obsession.

Environmentalists are becoming increasingly worried about the adverse impacts this will have on the country’s rapidly diminishing rainforests.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – The Journal of Indonesia Today.

The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture

The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture

Foster + Partners successfully built a conical structure, interwoven with fabric panels hand-printed by the public to kick off the Kensington and Chelsea hub of the London Festival of Architecture on 21 June. A focal point of the Exhibition Road Festival, the tensile structure was hauled into place with a tug-of-war rope by the public at 2pm. More than 4,000 visitors walked through the ten metre-high structure in the afternoon and enjoyed its sound installation by Bill Fontana. Overall turnout on the day was high – more than 30,000 visitors were reported at the event.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners.

Something from Nothing – Sasaki Feaure in The Boston Globe

Why would a company want employees diving into its trash bins? Because at Sasaki Associates, one of the country’s hottest landscape and urban-design firms that’s shaping the Olympic village in Beijing, life is all about salvaging good from bad.

FOREST PARK IS A LARGE GREEN space on the northern fringes of the Beijing Olympic site, home to this summer’s Games. It may also become the defining project for this 55-year-old team of urban and strategic planners, building and landscape architects, engineers, and graphic designers that specializes in turning bad land into something special. It was back on a Sunday in July 2002 when a young landscape architect fluent in Chinese ran into the office of Sasaki Associates president Dennis Pieprz, screaming, “We won, we won.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Something from Nothing 

New Dubai hub to handle up to 120 million passengers a year – MarketWatch

The world’s tallest tower, largest mall, longest bridge — it has them all, or will soon. The new airport complex, under construction about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of old Dubai, is no exception.
The sheer dimensions of the $10 billion Al Maktoum airport are difficult to convey. It will have two huge terminals, six concourses, six parallel runways and a smaller terminal for low-cost and regional airlines. The terminals and concourses will be linked by a light railway system.

SOURCE: MarketWatchNew Dubai hub to handle up to 120 million passengers a year – MarketWatch.

Is it time for ‘Toronto, the Green?’ – TheStar.com

Politicians, business leaders and advocacy groups across the GTA will launch a plan tomorrow to make this the greenest urban region in the world.

“It’s amazing. Everyone believes this is an idea whose time has come,” says Eva Ligeti, who heads the non-profit Clean Air Partnership.

“Greening Greater Toronto” will aim to co-ordinate work for cleaner air and water, better transit and land use, and other environmental improvements, Ligeti says.

In part, it is to build on the environmental work going on in the city. It will emulate the Toronto Atmospheric Fund – which parlayed $23 million from the city into a revolving fund that bankrolls climate change projects – if, that is, the new scheme gets $100 million from the province or elsewhere.

SOURCE: TheStar.com | Environment | Is it time for ‘Toronto, the Green?’.

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