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Lester Brown: ‘We’re really on the edge of some fundamental changes…’

Lester Brown

by John Wiseman Lester Brown is the well-renowned author of the Plan B series and recent book World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse.  His distinguished career, spanning agricultural policy, international development and environmental analysis, has seen him found two major environmental research institutes – the WorldWatch Institute in 1974 and […]


September 6th, 2012 | Posted in Carbon Footprint,Climate Change,Green Cities/Communities | Read More »

The Science of Tree Shade

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by James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary Singapore has urban forests with trees that provide refreshing shade for its citizens. Beginning in the 1960s, the country’s modern founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, had the foresight to promote tree-planting as a means to transform Singapore into a tropical garden city-state.  Anyone who comes here today is […]

March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Biodiversity,Green Cities/Communities | Read More »

Bicycle Hire Service in Hangzhou, China – World’s Biggest

To rent a bike, people simple swipe their ID card and pay 200 Yuan as a deposit.

With over 50,000 bikes available to rent, Hangzhou in China is aiming to reduce pollution, cut congestion, and keep its people healthy – all while making a profit!  By Jeremy Torr If you thought Paris had a lot of city rental bikes at 20,000, think again. The city of  Hangzhou in China beats that hands […]

September 15th, 2011 | Posted in Energy/Renewables,Green Cities/Communities,Green Travel/Transport | Read More »

Making Singapore a Sustainable City: Concept Plan 2011

URA Singapore

Singapore brings out a Concept Plan every 10 years to map out the long term directions for the city’s land use and transportation plans over the next 40 to 50 years. The next Concept Plan is scheduled for 2011. With this in mind, one of the focus groups that Singapore’s urban planner, the “ Urban Redevelopment Authority” (URA) […]

May 7th, 2010 | Posted in Green Cities,Green Cities/Communities | Read More »

How Schools can go green

As a parent of two children in two different schools, one with an ongoing greening programme, and another which is keen on becoming environmentally friendly, I have compiled a list of ideas that would be of help to all kinds of schools, and to all those who should rightfully be involved in the subject, namely, […]

April 25th, 2009 | Posted in Green Buildings,Green Cities/Communities | Read More »


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