France unveils Green Taxes

France’s environment ministry unveiled a system of green taxes on gas-guzzling cars and bonuses for cleaner vehicles, as part of a nationwide strategy to slash global warming emissions.

From January 1, any driver who buys a new car emitting more than 160 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (just over half a mile) will be charged a penalty of up to 2,600 euros (3,800 dollars).

The Times – Article.

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.

Council Overrided As Housing Plan Wins Out

BUILDING 800 homes on green belt land will reduce the Bromley borough’s historic housing shortfall overnight’, according to a developer.

Asprey Homes won an appeal against Bromley Council’s decision to block a proposal to build on a 34-acre Blue Circle Site in Bromley Common.

Council Overrided As Housing Plan Wins Out

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.

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.

The Changing Meaning of Urban Space in Yerevan

Recently, I had the opportunity to be present at a debate about education reform among workers at the Yerevan State University. The occasion was the introduction of the credit system, the latest stage in the reforms. The main argument was that “the Soviet education system was the best in the world and there was no reason to change it.”

Hetq Online.

Creating the Future Awards 2008

Creating the Future Awards 2008

The Creating the Future Awards 2008 have opened for entries. The awards celebrate achievement in the public, private and third sectors.

This is the Government’s national awards scheme for sustainable communities. This high profile event is an opportunity to showcase ground breaking work.

Each winner will feature on a state-of-the-art case study website which is being launched in 2008.

Applications must be submitted to the awards team by 5.00pm on 25th January 2008. The actual awards ceremony will take place on 5th June 2008.

Creating the Future Awards 2008.

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