Developing countries led by China squabbled with the West over mandatory emission cuts at the Bali climate change conference, as activists accused Canada on Saturday of undermining the negotiations by insisting on targets for poor nations.
China, which some believe has surpassed the United States as the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases, questioned the fairness of binding cuts when its per capita emissions are about one-sixth of America’s. It said, too, that it has only been pumping pollutants into the atmosphere for a few decades, whereas the West has done so for hundreds of years.
China, West squabble over emissions targets at Bali climate meeting – International Herald Tribune.
Mumbai port is set to expand. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given it the clearance to build an offshore container terminal, which will facilitate handling of large container vessels at the port. Mumbai Port Trust officials are happy because the Rs 1,228.39-crore project will add capacity of 9.6 million tonnes per annum to the port. Urban planners and activists, however, had hopes that some portion of the port land would be given to the city.
According to the Urban Design Research Institute (udri), a Mumbai-based ngo, the city has 0.01 ha of open space per 1,000 people, against the international norm of 1.6 ha per 1,000 people.
New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine.
An international conference here on wadi hydrology has urged decision makers in the Arab countries to take into consideration the risks of flooding during urban planning. It also called for a ‘deeper understanding’ of the hydrology of wadis, developing an early warning system in the areas with arid and semi-arid climate and draw up a comprehensive management plan for water resources to achieve sustainable development in the Arab world.
Khaleej Times Online – Look at risks of flooding during urban planning.
One can tell it is rocking with the wind by the slabs of ice floating on its surface – a translucent jigsaw puzzle that carries the chocolate bar wrappers, empty beer cans and plastic pop bottles that have become a familiar part of this sorry scenery.
This is the mouth of what Environment Canada has deemed one of the worst rivers in the country.
The 38-kilometre Don River has been hard at work since the city came into being. Mills and factories popped up along the riverbanks and were followed by petrochemical plants and other pollution-heavy industrial endeavours.
TheStar.com Ontario’s worst river trails garbage, sludge and toxins.
Varna was elected for the best city to live in Bulgaria, according to the special research of DarikNews.bg
On the second and third place are rated Plovdiv and Veliko Turnovo.
The capital of Bulgaria takes the 4thplace of the ranking. These cities are followed by Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Blagoevgrad, Kustendil, Kurdjali.
News.bg – Varna is the Best City to Live in Bulgaria.