China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe? – Scientific American

For over three decades, the Chinese government has dismissed warnings from scientists and environmentalists that its Three Gorges Dam—the world’s largest—had the potential of becoming one of China’s biggest environmental nightmares.

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Source: Scientific American
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Wheelchairs teach street lesson

 The people who design New York’s streets and sidewalks found out what it’s like to roll on someone else’s wheels Wednesday.

“It was very difficult,” said landscape architect Steve MacAvery as he stepped out of the wheelchair he’d used to travel about a hundred yards up State Street and back. “It’s very hard work on your arms. You feel all the little bumps.”

MacAvery, based at the state Department of Transportation’s regional headquarters in Poughkeepsie, was among about 20 landscape architects from around the state who participated in a training exercise using wheelchairs on loan from the Center for Disability Services.

Read more @ Wheelchairs teach street lesson by Cathy Woodruff 

Source: Times Union – Albany NY.

How Sustainable is your office printer?

As landscape architects and design professionals we try our hardest to be green in our designs with water sensitive design, plants from the local ecology and materials from close to the project. And we also try to bring that green environment to our offices and work places with recycling bins, energy efficient lighting and providing bike racks for staff. But we often forget about the things that we have over the years become more and more reliant on – our computers and printers.

Over the last few years we have swapped our energy sucking CRT monitors for LCD panels and changed to digital format of pdf and dwf. However we always use the printers day in and day out and now Xerox has created the Sustainability Calculator to help us truly find out how green our office is by calculating all our office printers – Energy, Greenhouse Gas and Solid Waste use.

Xerox have also provided a few tips on how your office could be greener.

Source: Xerox North America

 

Extreme makeover for Quay, Darling Harbour and beyond

TEARING down the Cahill Expressway, moving Circular Quay railway station, remaking Darling Harbour and building a huge convention centre over the tracks at Central are part of the City of Sydney’s grand vision for 2030, to be made public today.

The Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, wants to transform Sydney into a truly “green, global and connected” metropolis in the most comprehensive long-term strategy for the city since Martin Place was reclaimed as a pedestrian thoroughfare and the Queen Victoria Building was revitalised decades ago.

Extreme makeover for Quay, Darling Harbour and beyond – National – Source: smh.com.au.

Low-risk landscaping: It’s time to turf the toxins

Meg Sears reports on the pesticides and the downsides to using them to maintain your lawn and laws in Ontario.

Not everyone shares my joy with all flowers. Many people maintain gorgeous lawns by optimizing the conditions for growing grass and letting the plants and insects fight it out. With good agronomy in your corner, the grass will win. But others feel that synthetic pesticides are needed to maintain their sward. That option may end soon, if the provincial government passes legislation to ensure that only least-toxic options are available for sale and use in Ontario.

Read more at the Source: globeandmail.com: Low-risk landscaping: It’s time to turf the toxins.

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