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Friday, August 17th, 2007

One Billion Dollars Later, New Orleans Is Still at Risk

NEW YORK TIMES (Subscription) — Six inches. After two years and more than a billion dollars spent by the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild New Orleans’s hurricane protection system, that is how much the water level is likely to be reduced if a big 1-in-100 flood hits Leah Pratcher’s Gentilly neighborhood.

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Chinese Eco-City Heralds Revolution in Urban Living

CNN.COM — On an island off the coast of the Chinese city of Shanghai, architects, engineers and contractors are preparing to build a new city later this year. In itself, this is nothing special one would think.

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

First State Investments Launches Global Infrastructure Fund

Global Infrastructure Securities fund will be run by two Australia-based managers, Peter Meany and Andrew Greenup. Latham will be working closely with the managers. The fund follows the launch of the First State European Diversified Infrastructure fund in May, which aims to offer unlisted infrastructure investments to the institutional market.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

US Infrastructure Needs Overhaul

FORBES —  On Aug. 8, Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis collapsed. For years, a small group of civic, political and corporate leaders have called for an increased federal role to improve, modernize and maintain infrastructure. They have largely gone unheeded.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Mayor Tries to Transform Mexico City

GUARDIAN UNLIMITED — The mayor of crime-ridden, smog-choked Mexico City is trying to do what some might consider impossible: transform his megalopolis into a place that’s more healthy, livable and even fun.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Ireland’s Green Party Eyes Sustainable Way Forward

EPOCH TIMES — Ireland’s Green Party has identified cutting Irish carbon emissions and developing ecologically friendly villages as a blueprint for development in Ireland.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Managing Ecological Investment Risk

ENVIRONMENT NEWS — The Earth’s limited biocapacity is the greatest challenge we face as investors and as humans. We are already facing it, but the severity of its effects depends on where you live and how much money you have.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Tories Plan Green City for Thames Gateway

THE OBSERVER – A giant eco-city must be built on reclaimed land along the Thames estuary between Docklands and the Medway towns to alleviate overcrowding in London and boost the capital’s economic competitiveness, former Conservative cabinet minister John Redwood will argue this week.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Global Warming Now an Insurance Industry Concern

The Climate Group is working to engage the insurance industry to move global warming higher on their priority list.

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Larger Cities are More Efficient

CEOs for CITIES — Cities act just like creatures. They obey the same metabolic laws that govern every organism. Which means that cities, just like elephants, get more economical with size.

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