Asia’s first lady of the environment – The Japan Times Online

Edahiro is widely known in Japan as the translator of Al Gore’s book “An Inconvenient Truth,” but that’s just one tip of her professional iceberg.

Besides translation, Edahiro, 46, is perhaps Japan’s most dynamic and prolific environmental writer and speaker, and a valued adviser to top corporations, civic organizations, local and national bureaucrats and the prime minister. She is also Executive Director of Japan for Sustainability (JFS),

[SOURCE: Asia’s first lady of the environment – The Japan Times Online].

India’s urban poor are being squeezed for living space – The Guardian

Guardian reports

There are few more forbidding environments than the American jail system. But it appears that urban life in India may be worse. According to the latest Indian government figures, people in its cities have just 5.5 sq m (59 sq ft) per person – the minimum specified for US prisons.

[SOURCE: Guardian – India’s urban poor are being squeezed for living space]

Britain’s cruise ship QE2 arrives to Dubai – International Herald Tribune

IHT reports

Britain’s most famous luxury cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, arrived in Dubai on Wednesday where it will turn into a floating hotel moored off an artificial palm-shaped island.

[SOURCE: Britain’s cruise ship QE2 arrives to Dubai – International Herald Tribune].

Leighton JV wins $USD2.4 bln UAE construction deal

The Al Habtoor Leighton Group has signed a letter of intent for the AED 8.85 billion (USD$2.4 billion) Dubai Pearl mixed-use development for Pearl Dubai FZ LLC.

The project involves the construction of an integrated city overlooking the Palm Jumeirah development in Dubai.

Dubai Pearl will feature an iconic building structure comprising four 73-storey mixed-use towers, world-renowned fashion and technology brands, and the Baccarat Hotel and Residences, and will provide a 24-hour living city with commercial, retail, residential and leisure facilities.

[SOURCE: Leighton Holdings]

SustainLane’s 2008 US City Rankings – SustainLane.com

SustainLane has released its 2008 USA Sustainable City Rankings

This report benchmarks each city’s performance in 16 areas of urban sustainability, including an essential new measurement this year: Water Supply.

1. Portland
2. San Francisco
3. Seattle
4. Chicago
5. New York

Most Improved City – Atlanta

Find out where your city came and why @ the [SOURCE: SustainLane’s 2008 US City Rankings – SustainLane.com].

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