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In Italy's Dolomites, Is There Space For Star Architect's Super Luxury Ski Lodge?

After designing London's Millennium Bridge and the Beijing airport’s international terminal renowned architect Norman Foster is now looking to leave his mark on the Dolomite Mountains, with a ski lodge billed as seven-star luxury. But some local

Children playing in the Italian Dolomite Mountains
Children playing in the Italian Dolomite Mountains
Maurizio Ternavasio

British architect Norman Foster's many accomplishments include the Bilbao metro, London's Millennium Bridge and the Beijing airport's international terminal. He's now ready to add one more to the list: a super-luxury, seven-star hotel slated for construction in Selva di Val Gardena, a charming village in the Italian Dolomite Mountains.

But despite Foster's world class credentials, his high-tech ski lodge isn't receiving universal welcome in the quiet Italian mountain town. The municipality and the provincial administration have not yet given their final approvals, and there has been an awkward uncertainty about who exactly has jurisdiction about what.

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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