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 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 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’.
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?.
By 2012 it is estimated that 65 per cent of Kenya’s population will be living in urban areas. This is also in line with global trends where actually the majority of the world’s population will be living in urban centres in the next 10 or so years.
Nationmedia.com Poor urban planning making the country become one big slum.
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Faced with melting polar ice caps and worsening droughts, climate experts at a massive U.N. conference Monday urged quick action toward a new international pact stemming an increasingly destructive rise in world temperatures.
U.N. global warming conference kicks off – Dec. 3, 2007.
Integrating Habitats. A design competition.
Planning and stewardship › Land and development › Nature-friendly development › Integrating Habitats. A design competition.
Integrating Habitats calls for innovative, visionary design proposals that combine design excellence, ecological stewardship and economic enterprise.
Metro: Integrating Habitats. A design competition..