UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences

Afrique en ligne reports

Paper-free or paperless conferences may soon be in vogue if a pioneering initiative by the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Qatar passes the test of time.

The initiative is being tried by delegates attending an international conference on the protection of the ozone layer.

SOURCE: Afrique en ligne – UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences.

Victoria leads Canada in green transport – Canada.com

canada.com reports that “Victoria has once again beat out cities many times its size and been ranked the greenest city to get around in Canada.

The B.C. city of 330,000 is followed by Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Toronto on the second annual national ranking of environmentally friendly transportation.”

SOURCE: Victoria leads Canada in green transport.

Green roofs initiative being applied to Municipal Buildings

Dubai Municipality has embarked on an initiative called “Green Roofs” during the Green Dubai Forum, which was held recently. The concept will be applied on the roofs of the Municipality buildings to gauge its positive impacts on them. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Acting Director General of Dubai Municipality said the Municipality has launched the initiative in line with the law on the application of green building specifications in Dubai, which will be officially issued in mid-December under the directives of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

SOURCE: Dubai Municipality Portal.

NY cracks down on urban truck and bus pollution – Newsday.com

Newsday reports that “New York is launching a statewide program to crack down on truckers and bus drivers who violate laws intended to reduce health problems from diesel fumes.”

SOURCE: Newsday.com – NY cracks down on urban truck and bus pollution

Growing cities ‘facing water crisis’

“Exploding urban populations are threatening to spark a water and sanitation crisis in many cities – particularly in the developing world – experts have warned.

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) predicts an additional two billion people will live in urban areas by 2030, many of which will be in developing countries.”

SOURCE: www.edie.net – Growing cities ‘facing water crisis’.

UK signs green energy deal with Masdar – ArabianBusiness.com

British PM Gordon Brown revealed on Monday that his country has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi to develop technologies for low-carbon-emitting energy.

SOURCE: ArabianBusiness.comUK signs green energy deal with Masdar – Energy –

Master plan of Water’s Edge to be unveiled soon

The UDA, Central Environment Authority and the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLR&DC), have been entrusted with the task of devising the master plan. Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development Dr. P. Ramanujam told The Sunday Times FT that a 6-member committee appointed by Urban Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to study and report on the 225-acre Water’s Edge property development by the state is now in the process of making their project proposal and the proposed master plan.

SOURCE: The Sunday Times – Master plan of Water’s Edge to be unveiled soon.

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