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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Study States That Eco-Friendly Construction is Cheaper than Thought

NEWSDAY — A study sponsored in part by Hartford-based United Technologies Corp. suggests that the costs of environmentally friendly construction are dramatically lower than previously believed. The study by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development has found that some major players in real estate and construction are way off in trying to assess the

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Middle East Sets Up a Center for Sustainable Development

AL BAWABA — EHS, the Environment, Health and Safety regulatory arm of Dubai World, today announced the establishment of the Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development (MCSD), jointly with Pacific Control Systems LLC (PCS). Read the full story

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Windmill Development Group Proves Sustainable Development Can Be Profitable

DAILY COMMERCIAL NEWS — Focusing on the triple bottom line — social, environmental, and financial considerations — does work, said Joe Van Belleghem. Van Belleghem is a partner in the Windmill Development Group, a Victoria-based company that does only green, leading-edge developments.  Read the full story

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Ordnance Survey Stops the Free Publication of 3D London Online

The Guardian — After a year of negotiations, academic geographers have conceded defeat in their attempt to find a way to make a pioneering 3D representation of the capital, Virtual London, available to all comers via the Google Earth online map. Read the full story

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Urban Planning Needs Rethinking as Climate Change Looms

Inquirer.net — Rising sea levels, melting glaciers, floods and hurricanes: global warming means urban planners need to rethink how and where to build cities, water experts say. Almost 80 percent of the world’s population lives less than 50 kilometers (30 miles) from a coastline, a jarring fact given that one of the effects of global

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Closing the Gap in Latin Infrastructure

Latin Business Chronicle — In an era of tight government budgets, increasing social and economic demands and global competitiveness, the public sector alone cannot make the grade when it comes to delivering infrastructure: the existing gap between what is needed and what is delivered is not closing, but widening fast. Latin America looks to harness

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Australia Honors a Green Pioneer

The Sidney Morning Herald — Few locals know who Albert Morris was, yet a new exhibition pays homage to on of Australia’s great green pioneers. Morris created one of the first bush regeneration schemes in the country, almost 70 years ago, in the unlikely setting of Broken Hill, the Silver City. Read the full story

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Africa: Mapping Can Save Forests

SciDev.NET–Mapping and remote sensing technology can be used by developing countries to conserve forests and biodiversity, say experts. Such ‘geospatial’ technology is helping African countries to conserve forests and identify areas in need of intervention, said scientists at a meeting organised by the Society for Conservation GIS-Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya, last week (20 July). Read

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Iranian Firm to Pioneer Virtual City Project

MALAYSIAN STAR —  SAFA Rayaneh, an Iranian multi-national company that has transformed 40 Iranian cities into “virtual” cities has teamed up with MSC Management Services Sdn Bhd (MSCMS) to replicate its success globally.

Friday, August 17th, 2007

City Plans a Virtual Boston

BOSTON GLOBE — Close your eyes and imagine this dream of the future: a place where you can stand in line to pay parking tickets, visit an auditorium where the mayor is giving a speech, or drop in on a meeting where planning officials are wrestling with development plans.

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