Japan and Canada appear to be backing away from mandatory emissions cuts expected to be at the heart of a new global accord on fighting global warming, environmental groups said Wednesday.
The charge was levelled as nearly 190 nations met in the Indonesian resort of Bali, looking to take the first steps toward a new agreement to combat climate change when the current phase of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012.
AFP: Green groups say Japan, Canada wavering on climate targets.
Seeking a place in the vanguard of the battle against global warming, France last month unveiled a package of ambitious pledges that included a particularly bold proposition: An end to new highway construction.
Environmentalists cheered the development, but they are watching carefully. They want the government to publish specific measures by next March, and they also want to make sure that loopholes – such as allowing new roads to relieve congestion and promote safety – are not abused.
Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune.
BUILDING 800 homes on green belt land will reduce the Bromley borough’s historic housing shortfall overnight’, according to a developer.
Asprey Homes won an appeal against Bromley Council’s decision to block a proposal to build on a 34-acre Blue Circle Site in Bromley Common.
Council Overrided As Housing Plan Wins Out
Germany has set aside 105 million euros for the water, energy and health care sectors in Kenya, with a greater emphasis on geothermal e nergy, water reform initiatives in towns and private sector-led agriculture growth.
Germany to fund agric, energy water reform initiatives in Kenya | Afrique – Actualité et informations africaines.
With its tightknit residential neighborhoods, its boulevards lined with cafes, shops, and parks, Boston officials for years have smugly considered the Hub the best city for a stroll.
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Hotel, tourist, and advertising executives two decades ago coined the phrase “America’s Walking City” and made it part of an international ad campaign. Mayor Thomas M. Menino is fond of calling the city “the most walkable in America.”
Most walkable city? Step in line, Boston – The Boston Globe.