MDG 7 SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
Discussions pertaining to MDG 7 and specific countries, organizations, groups or individuals that work towards this goal will take place here. As delineated by the United Nations, the seventh Millennium Development Goal is: To Ensure Environmental Sustainability by 1) Integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reversing the loss of environmental resources, 2) Reducing biodiversity loss, and achieving a significant reduction in the rate of loss, 3) Halving, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, and 4) Achieving by 2020 significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.
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Some European cities are taking a different approach from most American cities when it comes to automobile traffic. Instead of making it easier for drivers, they're instituting more obstacles (such as creating more pedestrian only areas, limited parking, and more red lights) to encourage greater use of environmentally friendlier public transportation.
The American auto industry is refocusing efforts on building smaller cars and away from larger, S.U.V.-type vehicles that require more gas. The move signifies a new era in the industry that will utilize technologies which are more environmentally friendly, such as manufacturing plants dedicated to building electric and hybrid cars. A driving force behind this change is a growing population that supports fuel-efficient vehicles which are also better for the environment.