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A Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

A Sustainable Oasis in the Desert
The goal of the United Arab Emirate's Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative is to build an economy that not only protects the environment but also allows the economy to grow. As part of the initiative the UAE has concentrated its efforts on creating Sustainable Communities that are planned, built or modified to promote both a healthy...
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I am Amsterdam Rainproof

I am Amsterdam Rainproof
Amsterdam is ​a global leader ​in using water ​sensitive urban ​design (WSUD) ​principles to ​manage water ​sustainably and ​be resilient to ​climate change. ​ What is WSUD? The ​International ​Water ​Association has ​officially ​launched The ​ IWA Principles ​for Water Wise ​Cities that outlines ​a framework to ​assist urban ​leaders and ​professi...
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Sustainability Begins at Home

Sustainability Begins at Home
Eco-friendliness should start right at home – literally. Not only do most of us spend much, if not most, of our time at home, but we also leave a sizeable carbon footprint in the process. Given that homes constitute a large part of any urban area, no sustainable city can afford to do without plenty of green households. Yet most households in t...
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Manchester: Getting from Red to Green

Manchester: Getting from Red to Green
"It has often been observed that the stones and bricks of buildings, especially under projecting parts, crumble more readily in large towns, where much coal is burnt, than elsewhere…I was led to attribute this effect to the slow, but constant, action of the acid rain." – Scottish chemist Robert Angus Smith This first use of the term 'acid rain', in...
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Europe’s First Green Capital: Stockholm

Europe’s First Green Capital: Stockholm
Innovative eco-developments, inner-city outdoor bathing spots, 1,000 green city spaces, buses that run on biogas, and a history of environmental initiatives stretching back more than 70 years – Stockholm, Europe's 'Venice of the North', is an incredible living and working example of sustainability at its finest. "Stockholm is recognized as one of t...
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Bangkok: Still Waiting for The Man with a Plan

Bangkok: Still Waiting for The Man with a Plan
Unlike ecological environments, fast-growing urban habitats do not just turn green naturally – they need to be made eco-friendly through meticulous care, and few cities illustrate that truism better than Bangkok.

Like other metropolises in a rapidly urbanizing region, Thailand’s capital has over the past decades been experiencing unprecedented growth both in the ever-increasing number of its residents and its sheer geographical size. Yet much of the city’s development has been helter-skelter, without proper planning and foresight. Nor has it come without severe environmental costs and social disadvantages.

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