$US 1 Billion needed for Investment in Dragon City

Real estate developer Phu Long Joint-Stock Company yesterday launched what is considered to be the largest project of any local property company, the 65-ha Dragon City in Sai Gon South.

Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said the project would include villa areas, various apartments, shopping and service buildings and office towers.

Viet Nam News.

Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes

Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans yesterday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes.

Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs.

Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited.

Architecture Firms Involved

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.