Jordan initiates environmental forum to tackle urban challenges_English_Xinhua

Jordan will host the Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008 scheduled to open on Oct. 18 with aims to tackle urban environmental issues and promote environment-friendly practices across the Mediterranean region, local daily The Jordan Times reported Wednesday.

SOURCE: XinhuaJordan initiates environmental forum to tackle urban challenges_

Wastewater often used in urban agriculture: study

Wastewater is widely used to irrigate urban agricultural land in developing countries, a practice that has both advantages and disadvantages, a 53-city study presented at a water conference in Stockholm showed Monday.

SOURCE: Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Wastewater often used in urban agriculture: study.

Expansion of bike paths keeps city moving forward

In a case of “build it and they will come,” cyclists have been crowding onto Montreal’s first year-round bicycle path, along de Maisonneuve Blvd., since it was opened last November.

Last month alone, more than 25,000 cyclists a week used the $3.5 million path, which crosses downtown on an east-west axis. That’s an average of 3,600 cyclists a day.

read more @ the SOURCE: the Gazette: Expansion of bike paths keeps city moving forward.

Urban farms grow as cities seek safe, cheap food – Forbes.com

City folks also are relearning how delicious homegrown food can be.

read more of this article @ the SOURCE: Forbes.com – Urban farms grow as cities seek safe, cheap food

Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end

In a July interview with Der Spiegel, celebrated Olympic architect Jacques Herzog defended his decision to accept a signature commission from China, despite the nation’s abysmal record on human rights. The headline said enough: “Only an idiot would have said no.” Given the reception that Herzog’s Bird’s Nest has received –

Read more @ the SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk – Kriston Capps: Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end

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