Metrobus in Mexico City Wins Harvard University Award for Sustainable Transit Project.

3053226323aa3240a9ffMexico City’s Metrobus project received the 2009 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership from Harvard University. Metrobus is a sustainable transit project in one of the world’s most populated and congested cities.

“Metrobus, which focuses on massive transport systems and better vehicle fuel efficiency, has shown to be a viable and economically efficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Gloria Grandolini, World Bank Director for Mexico. “Mexico is at the forefront when it comes to implementing this type of projects and once again demonstrates its willingness to improve the environment,” she added.

By introducing cleaner, more efficient buses, and convincing many commuters to leave their cars at home, Metrobus has reduced carbon dioxide emissions from Mexico City traffic by an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 tons a year. In addition, the project removed 800 polluting minibuses from the road and encouraged greater use of sidewalks and bicycles throughout the city.Metrob%C3%BAs_Set_Dominguez
The World Bank has supported Mexico’s efforts to attain a sustainable environment with loans totaling US$2.7 billion for the 2008-2009 period. The projects seek to integrate environmental considerations into public policies, in order to increase competitiveness and economic and social development while simultaneously protecting the environment. 

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Report on Food Security and Agricultural Mitigation in Developing Countries

FAO-emblem_enAt the Barcelona Climate Change Talks The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) releases the Report on Food Security and Agricultural Mitigation in Developing Countries.

The report  highlights the mitigation potential from agriculture of improvements in cropland and grazing land management and soil restoration. It explores potential synergies between food security, adaptation and climate change mitigation from land-based agricultural practices in developing countries.

It indicates that mitigation options need to require financing and implementation processes.

A final version of the paper will subsequently be prepared for distribution at UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen

Barcelona Climate Change Talks.

The Climate Change Talks are being held from 2-6 November 2009, in Barcelona, Spain.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer opened the Barcelona Climate Change and highlighted the significant advances in the negotiations on adaptation, technology transfer, capacity-building and reducing emissions from deforestation (REDD)

The Barcelona meeting is unlikely to resolve the big issues on finance and emission reduction targets, but it is critical in terms of building the essential architecture in place to make a Copenhagen agreed outcome function.

Eco-labels

There have been several proposed programs for eco-labeling seafood products in an effort to provide incentives to fisheries managers to create sustainable fisheries. The purpose of these initiatives is to provide a market-based incentive for sustainable fisheries management

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According to the UNFAO, about 70 per cent of our global fisheries are now being fished close to, already at, or beyond their capacity.

Eco-labeling has become a useful tool for governments in encouraging  environmental practices. It serves as a market-based instrument intended to bring about environmental improvement.

Having certified eco- labels on its products shows the public that fish companies are committed to providing healthy and safe products for consumers.

Are you willing to pay for sustainable fish?

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Developing solutions for countries suffering water scarcity

Advances in technology and knowledge need to be encouraged in developing countries which are challenged with the problem of water scarcity.

Global Environmental Diplomacy

9780262701228-f33Mostafa Tolba describes six instruments whose negotiations are representatives of an international environmental agenda that has evolved since the Stockholm Conference in 1972. The author was close associated with every step of the negotiations and the problems that set upon their establishment. Some lessons learned in earlier negotiations have been useful for the performance of the latest ones in several fields such as, economics, trades, policy, funding, technological regulations and the environment while new issues present new challenges.

 Through the book and the description of the stages of different negotiations the author let us be involved in the broader perception of environmental justice, realistic actions and common efforts that are emerging to protect the Earth, and to protect those who are more on risk  and who are least responsible for environmental deterioration. Continue reading