Beijing air pollution ‘as bad as it can get,’ official says

Beijingers were warned to stay indoors on Thursday as pollution levels across the capital hit the top of the scale, despite repeated assurances by the government that air quality was improving.

“This is as bad as it can get,” a spokeswoman for the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau told AFP.

“Level five is the worst level of air pollution. This is as bad as it has been all year.”

According to the bureau’s website, 15 out of the 16 pollution monitoring stations in urban Beijing registered a “five” for air quality rating.

AFP: Beijing air pollution ‘as bad as it can get,’ official says.

Small-Scale Businesses Forestall a Green India

With one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, India is expected in the coming years to produce ever more of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. But many business owners in small industries either fail to understand the relevance of climate change or are unable to afford the changes necessary to become more energy-efficient. According to a World Bank study, India’s 4.5 million small and medium enterprises, with their obsolete technology, produce 70 percent of India’s industrial pollution.

Small-Scale Businesses Forestall a Green India – washingtonpost.com.

Retail buildings can be zero-carbon by 2020 – but only at a cost

A new report by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) revealed that it is possible to reduce carbon emissions from energy use down to zero in the majority of new non-domestic buildings, but that companies will have to pay above their baseline costs to do so.

Retail buildings can be zero-carbon by 2020 – but only at a cost.

Saudi Arabia to invest in new cities to tap growth

Saudi Arabia, like other Gulf Cooperation Council countries, has decided to create “new cities” to accomplish growth in the real estate sector – a proven growth driver for other economies in the region. Six economic cities have been announced in the Kingdom to complement 14 industrial cities, some of which are already up and running successfully.

GCC to invest in new cities to tap growth – Emirates Business 24|7.

Green roofs taking root

Shaw, a Eugene home­owner interested in environmentally sustainable building techniques, installed the green roof on an addition two years ago.

It’s one of a handful of public and private Eugene buildings that sport a layer of greenery on top, a trend that has taken off in larger metropolitan areas such as Portland and Chicago.

A technique dating back thousands of years, it was resuscitated in Germany more than 20 years ago, and is gaining ground in the United States.

Green roofs taking root: The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore..

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