“It’s not just about the carbon footprint of one day,” he said. “It’s a day to educate people about the effects of carbon emissions on many factors, including the environment and our health, and getting them to change their lifestyles."
Dubai dumps cars?
— By Mark Halper on February 19, 2014, 7:09 AM PST
It's a fair idea, but unless socially accepted norms have changed since I was there in 2005, good luck to women getting a taxi there as mysogeny is endemic there. My white tourist wife was largely ignored, while a friend and her were out in the souks, trying to get home at the end of the day. Not great for somewhere aspiring to be a high end tourist and Monaco style playground for the wealthy.
With regard to Masdar City, perhaps Mark should read more of his co-bloggers. This link especially http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/the-take/uaes-slow-march-to-sustainability/
@mheartwood Thanks MHeartwood. I can't be sure what you're point is, but you're probably saying that I'm overstating the accomplishments of Masdar City? In this very short "Bulletin" blog post, I used the shorthand of quotation marks in "sustainable city" to suggest that maybe Masdar isn't quite there yet. Perhaps I could have chosen clearer shorthand. Or I could have been more loquacious, but that would go against the grain of "The Bulletin" section on SmartPlanet, which is intended as a collection of short, punchy news item round-ups. Thanks for pointing to Chris Nelder's recent interesting story on Masdar and the UAE, which ran in a different section of SmartPlanet where the articles by definition are longer. Sadly, our "slick" new redesign (there are those quote marks again!) does not make it immediately clear that the site has different sections. Shame on us, and apologies for the confusion. As a bonus, you'll often get more in-depth ones from me on The Bulletin, such as earlier today when I wrote about Bolivia's nuclear power: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/now-bolivia-is-going-for-nuclear-power/. But sometimes I veer to the "keep it short" Bulletin edict, as with the Dubai ditty. I chose to simply nod at Masdar in my little piece, which mainly appreciates the irony of an oil rich country decrying the automobile. My Masdar reference was a relative passing remark; the more important phrase in that sentence is the one that points to the UAE's emerging reliance on nuclear power. Thank you for reading and writing...
Mark, sorry you keep going on about the Bulletin Section of SmartPlanet, but I don't think that washes anymore for half an hour of background to beef your articles up with a few more sentences of context or appropriate linking. I thinkyou have written more words in your comment above, than in the original source article. An additional paragraph I don;t think is too much to ask - given in the spirit of constructive criticism.
Once again, thanks for wading into the discussion as it helps build a rapport with your readers and your stature amongst your peers who seem far to afraid too - noticed you commenting on other SP contributors articles of late aswell.