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Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?

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david biello
Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?
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The world has never seen anything like China’s dizzying urbanization boom, which has taken a heavy environmental toll. But efforts are now underway to start using principles of green design and smart growth to guide the nation’s future development.

Coal money, generated by one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, has built a new Ordos, a municipality in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. ... Read more about Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?

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U.S. will lead new effort to cut global warming from methane, soot

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Brian Vastag
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With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, the United States and five other countries are starting a new program to cut other pollutants — including methane, soot and hydrofluorocarbons — that contribute to global warming. ... Read more about U.S. will lead new effort to cut global warming from methane, soot

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Unicef says urban children in developing world need urgent attention

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Alex Duval Smith
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On another beach in a different world, Chinasa Paul would be sipping a soft drink bought by his parents. But if the 15-year-old eats today in Lagos, it will be thanks to tips he receives for lugging crates of drinks up and down Kuramo Beach.

Unicef will today call for an urgent shift in focus by policy makers neglectful of the needs of millions of children like Chinasa whose number is set to increase as the growth of cities in the developing world becomes one of the pressing issues of our time. ... Read more about Unicef says urban children in developing world need urgent attention

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Climate concerns as ‘ozone-friendly’ HFCs use grows

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Mark Kinver
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A rise in the use of "ozone-friendly" HFCs has prompted experts to voice concerns that the potent greenhouse gases could be a problem in the future.

A UN report says that HFCs, many more times potent than CO2, could account for up to 20% of emissions and hamper efforts to curb climate change.

They are widely used in fridges and air conditioning, replacing CFCs and HCFCs that damage the Earth's ozone layer.

The findings were presented during a meeting on protecting the ozone layer. ... Read more about Climate concerns as ‘ozone-friendly’ HFCs use grows

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UN: failure to reduce environmental risks will set back human development

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Damian Carrington
Children carry drinking water as they pass through a polluted pond in Allahabad,
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Droughts and rising sea levels could reverse efforts to improve living conditions of world's poorest people, report warns

Unchecked environmental destruction will halt – or even reverse – the huge improvements seen in the living conditions of the world's poorest people in recent decades, a major new UN report warned on Wednesday.

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Why the world is burning more coal

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Fred Pearce
A worker walks past freshly-mined, high quality coal awaiting transport on a tra
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The inconvenient truth is that coal remains a cheap and dirty fuel — and the idea of 'clean' coal remains a distant dream ... Read more about Why the world is burning more coal

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World population to hit 10 bln, but 15 bln possible: UN

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AFP
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LONDON — The world's population of seven billion is set to rise to at least 10 billion by 2100, but could top 15 billion if birth rates are just slightly higher than expected, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

In a report ahead of ceremonies on October 31 to mark the seven billionth human alive today, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) warned demographic pressure posed mighty challenges for easing poverty and conserving the environment. ... Read more about World population to hit 10 bln, but 15 bln possible: UN

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Time to Start Work on a Panic Button?

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JUSTIN GILLIS
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For two decades, the world’s governments have failed to meet their own commitment to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas. As frustration builds among scientists, some of them have begun to argue for research on a potential last-ditch option in case global warming starts to get out of control. It is called geoengineering — or directly manipulating the Earth’s climate.

The idea sounds like science fiction, but it is not. ... Read more about Time to Start Work on a Panic Button?

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Map tracks Antarctica on the move

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Jonathan Amos
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Scientists have produced what they say is the first complete map of how the ice moves across Antarctica.

Built from images acquired by radar satellites, the visualisation details all the great glaciers and the smaller ice streams that feed them.

The map has been published online by Science magazine. ... Read more about Map tracks Antarctica on the move

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