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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 10:40
Brazil pledged major investment and technology transfer to Africa on Thursday to repay a "solidarity debt" from a country with a huge black population to the poorest but resource-rich continent, AFP reports. "Brazil must begin to repay the solidarity debt we have with Africa," former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in his first public address since he was diagnosed with larynx cancer in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 10:34
The IMF has received commitments for financing from the BRICS who hope to get a greater say in return. But analysts say the chances if that happening isn’t clear, or even if the BRICS are ready for change. ­The IMF says it has new funding totalling $430bln. The fund’s strategic pocket is designed to help the global economy but it’s naturally a “air bag” for the Eurozone countries which have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 16:15
While urban poverty alleviation has long received less attention in Indian policymaking than rural poverty alleviation, simply creating urban policies that parallel rural policies won't fully solve the problem, especially when migrants and other groups fall into the cracks between the two policy regimes. In a country where very few rights are operationally universal, the Indian government... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 - 10:40
The nonprofit Roaring Fork Conservancy has teamed with the U.S. Forest Service to develop a strategy for the continued cleanup of the Coal Basin area west of Redstone . The partners held a workshop in Redstone May 1 and 2 that brought almost 50 experts together to confer on how to carry on critical restoration work. “The 27-square-mile Coal Basin has been characterized as a ‘gaping wound' in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012 - 09:16
Every tree in urban Tennessee provides an estimated $2.25 worth of measurable economic benefits every year. Might not seem like a lot, but with 284 million urban trees in the state, the payoff's pretty big. Through energy savings, air and water filtering and carbon storage, the urban trees of Tennessee account for more than $638 million in benefits, according to a report [PDF] conducted by the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 10:56
Poor Atlanta often stands in as the model for how cities ought not to grow. The place is sprawling and congested and weirdly linear. Its skyline has, from afar, what looks like three disconnected focal points, which rise from the neighborhoods of Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, nearly eight miles apart. Just about all of the most important Interstates in the South converge on the city, bisecting... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 09:48
Mr. Lovans Owusu-Takyi, Programme Coordinator for Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA), has advised farmers to adopt agro-forestry, tree planting and sustainable land management practices to improve their lives. He said fast growing multipurpose tree species such as cassia semea, neem, albizia lebbeck, calliandra callythursus, fruit trees and moringa would bring economic benefits to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 15:24
The Youth Employment Network (YEN) has launched the new Marketplace website! The Marketplace is a place where people working on youth employment and young entrepreneurs can go to find, exchange or offer funding opportunities, potential partners, lessons learned, expertise, advice and more. By becoming a member, you will get access to a range of resources and services and be able to connect and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 13:56
Spared the same degree of civil unrest as its neighbours elsewhere in the Middle East have witnessed, Doha is part of Qatar's push to become an urban exemplar for the region, diversifying away from an oil-based economy by investing in education, enterprise, sport, transport and the quality of the public realm. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is rising out of the sands in its bid to become the first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 - 11:04
In her previous article, Anna Leidreiter showed how 'sustainable' is not enough: we must start to build regenerative cities. Today she describes how the city of Oakland is building the circular metabolic systems required to turn that concept into reality with its zero waste policies. 'We have become a society of abundance and harbour a throw-away mentality,' German agriculture minister Ilse... Read more