Slums bursting at the seams

More than three hundred thousand people could be living in sub-human conditions in the slums by the end of the decade if the unplanned growth of the Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi continues, urban planners associated with private companies say. Various civic agencies of the twin cities would be largely responsible for this horrendous state of affairs. “Non-adherence to the sensible planning has already driven the twin cities to the brink of a breakdown, bringing the services and utilities under severe strain from more than 13 hundred thousand people (the current population of the twin cities),” a member of the Rawalpindi planning board says.

Islamabad News.

Indonesia plants trees to offset Bali emissions

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.

New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week

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.

Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green

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.

Continental Announces Carbon Offsetting Program

Continental Airlines (NYSE:
CAL), the world’s fifth largest airline, today announced that it has
launched a carbon offsetting program, developed in partnership with
non-profit Sustainable Travel International.

Continental Announces Carbon Offsetting Program With Sustainable Travel International.

Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’

GRANTON Harbour has received the dubious honour of being shortlisted for the notorious ‘Plook on the Plinth’ award.

Judges compared the waterfront development to a “dreary market-driven estate” in Beijing, rather than the iconic project that developers envisaged.

It also features on the shortlist for the Worst Planning Decision in the 2008 Carbuncle Awards, which aim to find Scotland’s ugliest developments.

Scotsman.com – Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Forests, the Great Green Hope?

BROOKLIN, Canada, Dec 3 (IPS) – Expanding European forests absorbed 126 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from 1990 to 2005 — equivalent to 11 percent of European Union emissions from human activities — while a U.N. target to plant one billion trees mainly in Africa has been surpassed.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Forests, the Great Green Hope?.

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