Prior to August 2004, the village of Boscastle enjoyed relative obscurity and was known, if at all, as a pretty cliff-side port on the north coast of Cornwall.
Major players in construction and real estate routinely overestimate the cost of green building by as much as 300% - and this misconception is slowing the shift to carbon neutral developments.
Environmental regulators in China have published pollution statistics which show that while some progress is being made at curbing the rise of certain pollutants, other toxic chemicals are still on the increase in the country.
Unlike other infrastructure areas, private investors have shown little interest in putting funds into the water industry as economic uncertainties make the sector a less attractive prospect.
The Swedish premier and leading UN officials have warned that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without access to clean water and basic sanitation by 2015 is likely to be missed.
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