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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 09:47
Half of the urban population are children – below the age of 18 – and therefore will be some of the most vulnerable people to climate change and disasters. It is expected that as many as 175 million children could soon be impacted by disasters every year. But with the right engagement of children, who make up 50% of city-based populations, Antony Spalton from UNICEF believes they could also be a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 - 09:10
United Nations senior officials today stressed the importance of establishing a new paradigm for growth that ensures social inclusiveness, job opportunities for all, and more accountability from the financial sector to tackle the ongoing global economic crisis. “It is time to recognize that human capital and natural capital are every bit as important as financial capital,” said Secretary-General... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 12:38
New York based waste gasification specialist, Cocurrent BioEnergy is aiming at developing a waste to energy facility in West Virginia. According to a report in the Charleston Daily Mail Cocurrent would treat batches of unsorted municipal solid waste using its gasification technology to create synthetic gas that would heat water, create steam and generate electricity. "We were originally looking... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 12:19
Minneapolis' complex recycling system could get a whole lot easier! The Minneapolis City Council's Transportation and Public Works Committee voted on May 15 to begin transitioning the city's recycling program toward single-stream collection, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Residents would be able to put all recyclables into one container, something the city hopes would raise its recycling rate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:09
No matter their size or purpose, health-care facilities have two things in common: they generate lots of waste and consume huge amounts of energy. Disposing of contaminated medical waste is an expensive and growing problem for hospitals and research labs, with incineration now banned and landfilling options limited to facilities in Utah or Texas. But a process under development by a company co-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 09:56
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions trading, a market-based strategy for mitigating climate change, has been steadily growing over the past few years, and furnishing and building-product companies are among the industries adopting the practice. U.S. furniture systems manufacturer Haworth announced late last year that its Zody task chair had earned “Planet Positive” certification. The designation is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 09:39
When kids from the slum neighborhood of Bengaluru in Bangalore, South India learn to use free computer ‘open-source’ software, they also learn important lessons in freedom and gender equality. For a city full of shopping malls, big glass offices and stylish cars, Bangalore easily represents India’s best place for the upwardly mobile. No wonder the divide between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ also play... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 09:52
Building on the results of a consultation held in the Hague last month, Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD 2012) has presented constructive global private sector key messages to government and civil society representatives on the role of business and industry in delivering solutions to promote inclusive and green economies. These results will be fed into the negotiation process for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 09:25
Sana'a, the capital of Yemen is facing one of the most severe water crises of any city in the world, may have an answer in a startlingly simple project to help households reconfigure their onsite water storage systems to collect their own rainwater. The revolutions that swept the Arab world from Tunisia to Yemen have cast a new light on the region both in terms of its underlying issues and future... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 09:12
Two UN agencies and the World Bank today expressed appreciation at the launch of a pilot version of a Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions, designed to harmonize emissions measurement and reporting process for the world's cities. The protocol was released at the UNFCCC climate meetings in Bonn by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI – Local Governments for... Read more

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