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Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Environment Makes ’Quantum Leap’ in Middle East and North Africa

THE WORLD BANK – In the 1990s, concern for the environment was not a top priority in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Fifteen years later, there’s been a “quantum leap” on the environmental front as the region has moved from zero investment in environmental protection to investments in every country, says Sherif

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Childhood at Risk from Poor Urban Planning

UNITED KINGDOM – Poorly designed road and housing developments are invading children’s space, according to the Government’s advisory body, the Sustainable Development Commission. Large building projects, aircraft flyovers and busy roads are causing excessive noise levels, increased pollution and safety fears, and preventing children from enjoying their local parks and neighbourhoods. Read More.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Alberta Announces $350M Infrastructure Injection

EDMONTON SUN — Alberta’s government has announced that $350 million — about half of a hefty surplus — will go towards repairing and maintaining public buildings across the province. Read the full story

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

3i Plans to Raise $1B for India Infrastructure Fund

BLOOMBERG — – 3i Group Plc, Europe’s biggest publicly traded buyout and venture capital firm, said it plans to raise $1 billion for a fund to invest in Indian roads, ports and other infrastructure. Read the full story

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

New Zealand Government Pledges More Money to Research Sustainability

STUFF.CO.NZ — The Government has announced an extra $6.7 million a year for research on how increase sustainability and tackle climate change. Making the announcement, Prime Minister Helen Clark said $4 million would go towards a contestable Low Carbon Energy Technologies Fund. Read the full story

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Awareness Needed for Sustainable Development

NEWSTRACK INDIA — These days, political leaders of every country make it a point to address their concern for the environmental crisis and energy shortage, which is also an effort of world bodies to build a mechanism for sustainable development. The definition of sustainable development signifies to meet the needs of the present at the

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Housing Charity Plots Online City

THE GUARDIAN — With property prices reaching record levels, it is good to find somewhere to pick up a Georgian townhouse for under £100. Sadly, the only place you will find deals like this are in a virtual world, which is where the charity Shelter is building its own virtual city. Read the full story

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

American Water Plays Role in New York City Green Initiative

BUSINESS WIRE — American Water’s Applied Water Management Group has received New York City Department of Health certification for a state-of-the-art wastewater recycling system at Millennium Towers Residences, a 35-story high-rise apartment building in Battery Park City. The system meets all Battery Park City Authority’s pioneering Residential Environmental Guidelines and reduces the demand for potable

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Sustainability Pioneer Dies at Age 96

BUSINESS WIRE — Roy F. Weston, founder of Weston Solutions, Inc., a leading environmental, redevelopment and construction firm, died today at age 96. Mr. Weston was widely regarded for his social imperative, addressing the environmental threat to the global quality of life. Read the full story

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

U.S. Business Groups Push Infrastructure Investment

BIZJOURNALS — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to spend millions of dollars on its “Let’s Rebuild America” initiative. The chamber plans to issue state-by-state infrastructure report cards, work to remove legal and regulatory impediments to private investment in infrastructure, and lobby for more public spending. Meanwhile, the National Association of Manufacturers, formed the Alliance