The world’s first zero-carbon city

is being built in oil-rich Abu Dhabi – a city powered by the sun and free of cars and skyscrapers. For more information click here.

South Africa Talks Climate. Research Report. British Council

Between August and October 2009, the BBC World Service Trust conducted research in South Africa to gauge public understanding of climate change.
 
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The Story of Bottled Water

See the latest addition from “The Story of Stuff Project” – The Story of Bottled Water.

Water Day: Why business needs to worry (by Chairman of Nestle)

Monday is World Water Day, but I suspect relatively few will have noticed.
While the world is rightly moving to address the challenges presented by climate change and depleting supplies of fossil fuels, the same awareness and consensus does not exist when it comes to addressing our usage of water. Yet the harsh fact is that we will probably run out of water long before we run out of fuel. Continue reading

Tomorrow’s Cities (video) by Luke Younge

“Tomorrow’s Cities”, a succinct and inspiring film (15 minutes long), presents a compelling and easy to understand account of the major developmental challenges facing our cities in South Africa and more broadly cities of the global south. Framed within these challenges, the film unfolds a vision, through the voice of a school child and exciting use of animation, and proposes practical solutions towards achieving breathable, sustainable, equitable and low carbon urban futures.

The film is intended as a learning tool to raise discussion and awareness and ultimately inspire action toward the development of sustainable and equitable, low carbon cities.

Tomorrow’s Cities from Luke Younge on Vimeo.

Winners and short-listed entries from the Greener Gadgets design competition

From augmented-reality shopping, power generating rocking chairs to a miniature indoor photovoltaic panel. The competition seeks to inspire more eco-friendly consumer products. For more information click here.

Online in Brazil’s shanty towns

The internet has created many new opportunities for people to get richer around the world.  But are the benefits of access to the net filtering down to the very poorest in society? A shanty town in Brazil is a good place to find out.

Babilonia is a favela, a slum district, of about 80,000 inhabitants, most of them very poor.  It’s located in Brazil’s second city Rio de Janeiro, close to the world famous Copacabana beach. Continue reading

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