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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