UAE’s ‘Sustainable City’ provides green oasis in the desert

first_imgUAE’s ‘Sustainable City’ provides green oasis in the desert FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters Foundation News:DUBAI, Oct 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fenced off by a wall of trees, about 20 km from the high rises towering over Dubai’s city centre, there lies a small solar-powered settlement aiming to become a green oasis in the desert.Renowned for its glitzy skyscrapers, air-conditioning-blasting shopping malls and indoor skiing facilities, the emirate of Dubai has long been the antithesis of sustainability to environmentalists.But the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to change that reputation, with a range of projects aimed at having more than 40% of the country’s energy come from renewable sources and cutting consumption by the same margin by 2050.Opened to the first residents in 2016 and to be fully completed next year, the initiative dubbed Sustainable City is a private settlement on the outskirts of Dubai designed to use as little energy and water as possible.Comprising 500 low-lying villas that are home to nearly 3,000 people, as well as commercial spaces and a mosque, the city aims to be a “net-zero” settlement, producing all the energy it needs from renewable sources on site.“The Sustainable City is a living laboratory for testing future technologies and solutions,” said Karim El-Jisr, head of SEE Institute, the research arm of the city’s developer, Diamond Developers.When the project started six years ago, building a zero-energy development “seemed a bit like a dream”, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“Today it is not difficult anymore, tomorrow everybody will have to do it,” he added.More: ‘Living laboratory’: New Dubai city pushes for green revolution in the desertlast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Lakers still have ‘fondness’ for Trevor Ariza

first_imgThe Lakers are looking for help in lots of places this year.Los Angeles still has “fondness” for Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, according to a report from ESPN. Washington has not openly made Ariza available yet, but if it did, the Lakers may try to trade for him.In non-Anthony Davis news, Lakers continue to have a fondness for Trevor Ariza, should the Wizards make him available at the deadline.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 5, 2019Ariza has averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists between the Suns and Wizards this year. Related News Washington acquired him in a deal with the Suns in December. But the Wizards still sit outside of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 22-31 record.The Lakers (27-26) are 10th in the Western Conference and are looking at lots of players before Thursday’s deadline including Detroit’s Reggie Bullock, Chicago’s Jabari Parker and, of course, Pelicans center Anthony Davis.Davis’ agent Rich Paul told ESPN he would not sign an extension with New Orleans and would prefer to be traded.center_img NBA trade rumors: Lakers have discussed dealing for Bulls F Jabari Parker NBA trade rumors: Pelicans want to be ‘overcompensated’ by Lakers to deal Anthony Davis by deadlinelast_img read more