Green Guru Gone Wrong: William McDonough – Fast Company

Green architect William McDonough has been hailed as a water-walking visionary. The truth is far more complicated.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Fast Company – Green Guru Gone Wrong: William McDonough

China vows to strive for balanced rural and urban development -Xinhua

“China will take multiple measures to support rural economic and social development to realize a balanced growth between its rural and urban areas, according to a Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee decision here on Sunday……” read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – China vows to strive for balanced rural and urban development

Lesson from China: Get agricultural land price right-India-The Times of India

“It is ironic that both India and China are having to grapple, at roughly the same time, with the knotty issue of putting agricultural land to industrial or urban use.

India has been beset by a series of protests against the transfer of cultivable land to factory and mining projects. In China, a high-level meeting of the ruling Communist Party discussed sweeping changes last week to allow agricultural land to be used for industrial or non-farming purposes.”

read more @ the SOURCE: The Times of IndiaLesson from China: Get agricultural land price right-India-

China’s pioneering eco-city of Dongtan stalls – Telegraph

This was supposed to be the site of Dongtan, the world’s first eco-city, a paradise of sustainable living that would house half-a-million people and set an example to the world.

However an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that Dongtan is still nothing but a pipe dream.

read more @ the SOURCE: China’s pioneering eco-city of Dongtan stalls – Telegraph.

Scientists, Sustainable South Bronx: Cool Surfaces Can Combat NYC Pollution, Save Energy, Improve Health; Green-Collar Jobs Needed

“The widespread use of vegetated and highly reflective surfaces in New York City.s built environment could improve the City.s environment, public health, and economy, according to a study released today. Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies Can Improve New York City.s Environment, written in partnership between Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and Columbia University.s Cool City Project, reviewed research that quantified effects of using vegetation and cool reflective surfaces in urban areas.

The full report is available through the SSBx website: http://www.ssbx.org”

SOURCE: E-wire.com – Scientists, Sustainable South Bronx: Cool Surfaces Can Combat NYC Pollution, Save Energy, Improve Health; Green-Collar Jobs Needed.

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