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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 10:43
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, UK, July 11, 2011/  Carbon neutrality is a simple concept – but one enmeshed in highly complex detail. It implies that a city should move away from using fossil fuels and reduce its waste outputs to near-zero. Several cities have started on the journey to carbon neutrality – led by the flagship urban development of Masdar city in Abu Dhabi. Some cities may eventually succeed... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 10:40
The Third African Conference on Sanitation Hygiene will draw participants from up to 50 African countries (Ministers and high-level decision makers, government officials, sector specialists and civil society organizations), international agencies and delegates from the public or private sectors, civil society, external support agencies, academia and the media. Delegates from other regions such as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:55
More than three million low-income households will receive 100 per cent compensation for the proposed carbon tax – plus an extra 20 per cent buffer, Julia Gillard, Australia's Prime Minister, revealed. The Prime Minister’s “safety net” is designed to cover unexpected costs such as higher power bills in harsh winters or one-off purchases such as electric blankets. "Australians on lower incomes don... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:42
Local and international actors working on slum upgrading have emphasised the importance of understanding the wide range of views of residents when working to improve the standard of living in urban areas. The comments were made at an international meeting called 'Change by Design' which was held at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi in June, and co-organised by Architecture Sans Frontieres UK (ASF-UK... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:41
via:   There has been a profound change in the green movement over the last five years, the realization that solar panels on the roof and bamboo sheets on the bed are not enough; that where you live matters far more. We've seen a series of books that make this claim, including David Owen's Green Metropolis, Edward Glaeser's Triumph of the City, Ken Greenberg's Walking Home and Peter... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:27
Two Seattle-based organizations are starting an ambitious campaign urging residents to construct landscaped "rain gardens." Constructing 12,000 new rain gardens across Puget Sound neighborhoods by 2016 could soak up as much as 160 million gallons of water each year. This would help reduce the need for municipal pipe and drain systems to carry away polluted storm water. Source: Urbanicity NB:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:19
The second phase of the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative will kick off in August, 2011, it has been announced. This was at a meeting of the Regional Policy Steering Committee in Nairobi on 29th-30th June 2011. This phase covers 15 secondary towns namely: Ngozi, Muyinga, and Kayanga in Burundi; Keroka, Kericho and Isebania in Kenya; Kayanza, Nyagatare and Nyanza in Rwanda, Geita,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:07
Budapest's Small Ring was one of the busiest thoroughfares in the centre of Budapest, and subject to numerous debates about how it should be modernised. The most controversial issue being taking away road space from car traffic and parking places, in favour of pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and trees. Cycling activists have organised a public thank you in Budapest. The works are not yet... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:02
By focusing on reducing water use to levels that could be served by its two water sources, the city of El Paso, Texas, has been able to quench its thirst without running dry. Much of the water saving is credited to water manager Ed Archuleta. "'We're going to be fine this summer," he said. "We're basically drought-proof.' The city will be fine next year too, even if it doesn't rain, and even if... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:38
A key development goal to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 will be missed because donor countries have diverted aid money away from unglamorous water projects, according to the World Bank and the charity WaterAid. Aid to give people in developing countries access to clean water and sanitation has been shrinking as a proportion of global aid budgets, new... Read more