Images of a sooty Beijing have been all over the news lately, but it’s Shanghai making an effort to curb its air pollution crisis. The World Health Organization recently named air pollution the world’s biggest environmental health threat, so the city is even more compelled to act.
The Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau released details on a plan to limit the number of private cars in the city, create more parks and cut factory emissions.
Shanghai is China’s most populous city, home to around 23 million people. The bureau’s plan will transform 10 square miles of city land into forest, with plans for four square miles of additional parks and green spaces — all before the end of 2016. It’s an ambitious plan, but last year the city successfully converted 25 square miles of the city into forest and green space, so the precedent is there.
Air pollution is noticeably worse in Beijing, as you’ve likely seen in recent images.
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United Airlines teamed with Timeshifter, a sleep help app, to assist travelers battling jet lag. Timeshifter outlines the best times to see and avoid light, sleep and either enjoy or pass on caffeine to best avoid jet lag when traveling through time zones. The app is specifically targeted to those traveling across three or more time zones and customizes advice for each passenger based on his or her own sleep preferences and normal sleep pattern, as well as their particular flight.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Make sure you catch the new pop-up cocktail lounge at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara in Carlsbad before it’s gone. Starry Nights, located on the Seasons Restaurant veranda, is open through Jan. 31, 2020.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.