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Nano: a people's car too many?

Tata's little people's car, the Nano, costs only �1,300, can seat five at a pinch and does 54 miles to the gallon. It is set to sell by the million in India and elsewhere. Here we publish a commentary on this controversial car from Micheal Renner of the Worldwatch Institute and a related plea from the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi. ... more

China could lead the way to climate cooldown

by Jonathon Porritt

Jonathan Porritt's revised and updated book,Capitalism as if the World Matters has been described as "The best account of where we are now and how we might move ahead". Here, in a specially commissioned article, he sets out a controversial view about the role that newly awakened China might play in combatting the climate crisis. ... more

UK car clubs take off
Emissions from transport are currently responsible for around 25 per cent of the UK's total carbon dioxide output, but a national network of car clubs in the UK could save an extra 115,000 tonnes of CO2 annually by 2010, according to the UK Energy Research Centre. ... more

Green school project proves its worth
by Shankar Musafir

Some 300 schools across India are now involved in a unique Green Schools Programme through which the students themselves audit and record their school's environmental performance. Many have proved successful in finding new ways to save resources used by the school, including water, land, energy and waste. ... more

China's cars on road to ruin?
by Yves Engler & Bianca Mugyenyi

In 1990 there were just one million cars on Chinese roads. Fourteen years later that number has rapidly risen to 12 million, and this year alone a further 2.4 million new cars will be added. In itself, that's a lot of new cars, but the figures take on an altogether greater significance when you realise where this trend might lead. ... more

Power company rescues Philippine mangroves
by Linda Bolido

Environmentalists were not happy when a Philippine company decided to construct a big coal-fired power station on the coast at Pagbilao, a poor town some 93 miles south of the capital, Manila. But, by setting out to restore the most diverse mangrove forest in the country, the company has earned their respect and the support of the local community. ... more

Globe 2004 signals next industrial revolution
by Greg Helten

Some of the most innovative environmental technologies were on display, and more than 2,000 of the brightest corporate executives, government ministers, and thinkers in the world of sustainability were on hand here March 31 through April 2 at Globe 2004 - a biannual conference and trade show on the business of the environment that attracts up to 10,000 visitors at a time. ... more

Mexican community foresters sell smart wood to IKEA

by Katiana Murillo

The Mexican state of Durango, with its rugged landscape and imposing Sierra Madre mountain range, first gained international fame via Hollywood westerns. Today fans of fine furnishings can bring a little piece of Durango into their living rooms, thanks to an enterprising pueblo, an international conservation group, and two forward-thinking furniture companies. ... more

Shopping for a better world
From the cat-walk to the consumer the world�s leading fashion designers and retail giants could play a major role in saving the planet, says the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Now, to encourage more ecologically sensitive retailing, UNEP is launching a new drive, which it calls "shopping for a better world." ... more

Changing the business climate
by Emma Duncan

Critics of the Kyoto Climate Treaty argue that its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are not economically viable. However, many companies have of their own accord put similar targets in place, with benefits not only to the environment, but to profits and productivity as well. ... more

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