France unveils Green Taxes

France’s environment ministry unveiled a system of green taxes on gas-guzzling cars and bonuses for cleaner vehicles, as part of a nationwide strategy to slash global warming emissions.

From January 1, any driver who buys a new car emitting more than 160 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (just over half a mile) will be charged a penalty of up to 2,600 euros (3,800 dollars).

The Times – Article.

Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune

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.

Germany to fund agric, energy water reform initiatives in Kenya | Afrique – Actualité et informations africaines

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.

NBBJ :: Sustainable Design Project Making Strides Against Global Warming

Responsible for nearly half the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – the building industry is the primary contributor to global warming. To address this issue, the national design community has called for an immediate 50 percent energy reduction in all new buildings — and the call-to-action is working. A recent success story is Alley24, a new mixed-use building in Seattle that in little more than one year of occupancy reduced the office building’s CO2 emissions within a few percentage points of the 50 percent target

NBBJ :: Sustainable Design Project Making Strides Against Global Warming.

Broken Homes Damage the Environment – US National Science Foundation (NSF)

The data are in. Divorce is bad for the environment.

A novel study that links divorce with the environment shows that a global trend of soaring divorce rates has created more households with fewer people, that, in turn, take up more space and gobble up more energy and water. The research was completed atMichigan State University

nsf.gov – News – Broken Homes Damage the Environment – US National Science Foundation (NSF).