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.
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.
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).
This week, Everglades National Park is hosting public meetings to gather input from stakeholders on their Flamingo Commercial Services Plan. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today announced its support to develop a “New Flamingo,” consistent with the park’s Alternative C in the Flamingo Commercial Services Plan. The national parks group has also identified six basic principles that should further guide the redevelopment of Flamingo.
“The redevelopment of Flamingo will depend on many factors, including limited funding and high insurance costs,” said National Parks Conservation Association Regional Director John Adornato. “The new Flamingo should leave a reduced footprint, incorporate “green” architecture, and restore the park’s natural habitats.”
National Parks Conservation Association Reveals New Vision to Rebuild Flamingo in Everglades National Park.
BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia has planted millions of trees to soak up an estimated 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases to be emitted during U.N.-led climate talks in Bali, Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said on Monday.
More than 10,000 politicians, officials, activists and journalists are expected to attend the December 3-14 talks on the tropical resort island. Delegates will discuss ways to widen a U.N.-led fight against global warming to all nations.
Indonesia plants trees to offset Bali emissions | Environment | Reuters.
Cherry Hill – NJ, RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle, has become the 27th municipality in the US to deploy the RecycleBank program. After just one week of collection, the town has already seen homes in the pilot program more than double the amount of waste being recycled.
RecycleBank motivates households and communities to recycle by rewarding each household for the amount they’ve recycled.
ENN: New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week with the RecycleBank Program.
A new initiative will help make Chicago’s 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of alleyways more sustainable. The miniature streets behind homes and buildings, used mainly for garbage collection and parking access, keep main roads cleaner and less congested but are prone to flooding. The city’s innovative Green Alley Program promotes improved construction techniques and materials that can improve drainage, reduce runoff, and relieve strain on the city.
Environmental News Network: Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green.