Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune

Seeking a place in the vanguard of the battle against global warming, France last month unveiled a package of ambitious pledges that included a particularly bold proposition: An end to new highway construction.

Environmentalists cheered the development, but they are watching carefully. They want the government to publish specific measures by next March, and they also want to make sure that loopholes – such as allowing new roads to relieve congestion and promote safety – are not abused.

Does building new roads help or hurt global warming? – International Herald Tribune.

Vietnam Reform

The People’s Council in HCM City also met yesterday. Authorities announced a new municipal governance model, already approved by the Prime Minister, to be adopted in the next few years.

HCM City would be a vanguard in applying the new municipal governance model to better manage the country’s biggest socio-economic and financial hub, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, Nguyen Thanh Tai said.

Viet Nam News.

Germany to fund agric, energy water reform initiatives in Kenya | Afrique – Actualité et informations africaines

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.

Most walkable city? Step in line, Boston – The Boston Globe

With its tightknit residential neighborhoods, its boulevards lined with cafes, shops, and parks, Boston officials for years have smugly considered the Hub the best city for a stroll.
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Hotel, tourist, and advertising executives two decades ago coined the phrase “America’s Walking City” and made it part of an international ad campaign. Mayor Thomas M. Menino is fond of calling the city “the most walkable in America.”

Most walkable city? Step in line, Boston – The Boston Globe.

Banking on a Norman Foster Building

The Murezzan is an attractive complex refurbished with new designs by Sir Norman Foster – and in which Credit Suisse has opened its new St. Moritz branch. Inside, a series of works by Swiss artists are on display. An open day is being held on Saturday, December 15, 2007, giving the public a chance to take a look behind the scenes.

Banking on a Norman Foster Building – CS – In Focus.

Sydney addicted to cars

Sydney is being choked to death by cars and cut off from its best asset, the harbour, by a freeway and rail link, according to renowned Danish urban designer trying to rejuvenate the city.

Sydney addicted to cars – New Zealand’s source for motoring news on Stuff.co.nz.

NBBJ :: Sustainable Design Project Making Strides Against Global Warming

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.

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