Dubai becoming a smarter sustainable city
May10

Dubai becoming a smarter sustainable city

Dubai is the first city to trial the efficiency and sustainability of its operations using key performance indicators developed by the ITU-F Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities. This two-year pilot project will evaluate the feasibility of the indicators with the aim of contributing towards their international standardization. Dubai is already on its way to becoming a smart and sustainable city with the launch of its Dubai Plan...

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NYC cutting back emissions in transportation
May05

NYC cutting back emissions in transportation

New York City (NYC) has set itself an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 80% below 2005-levels by 2050 (80×50). To achieve the target NYC is focusing on reducing GHG emissions in four main sectors: Building, energy supply, transportation and solid waste. The transportation sector, which includes private vehicles, freight and mass transit (subway, commuter rail and bus), is responsible for 11.4...

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San Francisco’s urban water-food efficiency program
Apr14

San Francisco’s urban water-food efficiency program

San Francisco has committed itself to a food secure and hunger free city by 2020. The challenges of achieving this goal is ensuring adequate: Food resources (the ability to purchase sufficient nutritional food on a regular basis Food access (the ability to obtain affordable, nutritious and culturally sensitive food Food consumption (the ability to prepare healthy meals and knowledge of basic safe cooking) More crop per drop To help...

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Ecotourism reliant on healthy waterways
Sep23

Ecotourism reliant on healthy waterways

Ecotourism is defined by the IUCN as “environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and accompanying cultural features, both past and present) that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local people”. According to the Nature Conservancy, tourism to natural areas is only considered ecotourism if it: Involves...

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The green economy powers Africa forward
Apr16

The green economy powers Africa forward

The statistics are impressive: Africa’s combined GDP is more than $2 trillion dollars, the continent is home to seven of the world’s fastest growing economies and 70% of the population is 25 years or younger and hungry for growth and innovation. Africa’s economy is booming Over the past decade Africa has been one of the world’s fastest-growing continents with an average growth rate of more than 5%, partly due to improved governance...

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