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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:35
<a href="" data-cke-saved-href="" ;="" font-weight:bold;="" text-decoration:underline;"="" target="_blank">Cascais</a> (Portugal) is the proud new owner of two solar-powered charging stations. The set is the first of its kind to be installed in Portugal and each unit is equipped with four electric bikes. These will be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:30
Glasgow City Council (Scotland) has launched a pioneering £53m flood prevention scheme. Speaking at the opening on 31 October 2011, council leader Gordon Matheson said, "The scheme is not just about great engineering, at its heart it is a regeneration project - both in terms of the environmental improvements and the significant enhancements made to allow future economic development to take place... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:23
ICLEI member city Budapest (Hungary) is looking to revolutionise its water strategy with a new wastewater treatment plant. The new facility will ensure that 95 percent of the city’s wastewater is returned to the River Danube following biological treatment. Furthermore, the small area occupied by the technology in question will allow the complete vicinity of the plant to remain a green belt zone.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:25
Many developing and emerging economies are experiencing huge shifts of people from rural to urban areas. The ability of countries to provide improved sanitation and water services to these new urban migrants is essential. Jonathan Selsick submitted an infographic for the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge — sponsored by Circle of Blue and highlighting the relative scale of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:45
Whether it is rising sea levels, water supply shortages, or floods, many of the nation’s cities are likely to feel the burden of a warming climate through a devastating absence or an overwhelming surplus of water, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The report looks at the water-related threats to a dozen American cities and describes what those cities are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:22
Water conservation is the beneficial reduction in water loss, use or waste as well as the preservation of water quality. But just how do we go about this? A great water saving tip is adjusting your irrigation timer when the seasons change. Connie Speelman, from Water Conservation, Town of Queen Creek, one of Arizona Regional Campaign Partners, explains that with cooler weather and lower... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 12:58
The World Sustainable Energy Conference will launch the World Sustainable Energy Year 2012 to encourage everybody to implement environmentally compatible, more efficient energy systems, cleaner transport and a better energy consciousness by humankind. Objectives of the conference are as follows: i) Present and discuss all sustainable energy solutions and their implementation tools by energy type... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:20
Meshing green urban design with housing projects, Off Architecture’s apartment complex designed for Anglet, France features sweeping greenery on its sloping roofs. Conceived in partnership with Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture, the buildings gently step down, joining a natural hill and creating an artificial meadow on top of the buildings. The new community is designed to revolve around green... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 09:59
Stuck in a gloomy wintertime rut? Why not take a little escape into a verdant world of enchanting Japanese gardens, green roofs and planted walls perfect for bringing some sunshine back into your life? Inhabitat spotted and captured several grassy, leafy patches of green on a recent trip to Japan. Follow the link below to view gorgeous pics of Kinkaku-ji (also known as the Golden Pavilion) in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 09:37
COP17 could turn out to be the catalyst that kickstarts South Africa's green economy, according to Wilderness Foundation director Andrew Muir. Speaking at the climate summit in Durban yesterday, Muir said once serious green investment begins, the fight can be taken to climate change, with solar power in the vanguard. "Everyone is asking 'how do we kick-start this green economy'? The answer is, we... Read more