Urban Projects get stricter sanctions

February 19, 2008,AEDT

Last year, the city undertook out major projects in transport infrastructure and water drainage, all of which will reduce traffic jams as well as contribute to the city’s socio-economic development. To ease the burden caused by construction projects, the department is strictly fining investors. For example last year the department | Read More

The Father of LEED Takes on China and India

February 18, 2008,AEDT

Robert Watson is often hailed as the father of LEED, the nationally recognized gold standard for green buildings. As a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council in the early 1990s, Watson, formerly senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, helped devise the now-popular rating system. But Watson | Read More

Oases in the sky are a growing trend in our concrete jungles

February 18, 2008,AEDT

Scientists and property developers say green roofs on commercial buildings are good for the environment and good for the soul. “Green roofs reduce energy through insulation, reduce stormwater run off and benefit individuals and communities,” says Green Roofs Australia president Geoff Wilson. “But Australia is behind the rest of the | Read More

Boston, Cambridge recognized as green cities

February 16, 2008,AEDT

Two Massachusetts cities made the top 10 list in the March issue of Popular Science’s 50 most innovative cities in the U.S. Boston was ranked third — behind San Francisco and Portland, Ore. — and Cambridge sixth on the list of “greenest” cities based on criteria such as electricity use, | Read More

Blow for wind farm proposals

February 16, 2008,AEDT

PLANS for a controversial wind farm near Pontefract have been slammed by a Wakefield Council consultant.The news has come as a massive boost to local pressure groups fighting a dogged campaign to see off the plans by developers Banks Developments. That is the same company planning a wind farm on | Read More

Managing Traffic in the Urban Age

January 31, 2008,AEDT

The human species is, at this moment, in the process of becoming a mainly urban animal after a thousand generations spent mainly in rural conditions. Many economists and sociologists see this trend as our potential salvation in a world heading toward 9 billion people, although there are some big ifs. | Read More

Cities join WWF to cut carbon use

January 30, 2008,AEDT

Shanghai and Baoding have become the first cities to take part in a new WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) initiative to research less carbon-intensive paths to urban development in China, the international environmental organization said. The Low Carbon City Initiative will initially focus on energy efficiency in buildings, renewable | Read More

Buy forests to help environment – Environment – theage.com.au

January 29, 2008,AEDT

AUSTRALIANS could buy a stake in the protection of endangered tropical forests under a groundbreaking scheme being devised by former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery. Professor Flannery — Australia’s most prominent environmental campaigner — wants to set up an internet-based carbon market with a pilot scheme to be run | Read More

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