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[News] Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Climate scientists have received a boost of up to US$150 million from US space agency NASA for a five year campaign to probe how air pollution, manmade fires across Africa and warming oceans may affect our climate. The money will be split... Read more
Public transport is one of the key ingredients in making our cities both environmentally sustainable and economically competitive. It generates a wide range of benefits for cities, well beyond just the mobility sphere and is a significant motor for economic development in itself.
Over the past half-century Africa has been the most rapidly urbanising region on the globe – but that urbanisation has been seriously dysfunctional. A good city provides people both with better employment opportunities and a better quality of life than in rural areas. African cities generally provide neither.
Peru recently received an $11 million grant from the NAMA facility that will help the country attract significant funding for its multi-billion dollar sustainable urban transport improvement plans.
The completion of Delhi Metro’s Phase III is set to not only expand the total length of its network in the national capital but also make Delhi a city with one of the highest number of metro stations to be found anywhere on the world map. Over 241 stations will be part of the Delhi Metro network after Phase III which will make it the seventh city in the world to have more than 200 metro stations... Read more
Africa is experiencing a revolution towards cleaner energy through renewable energy but the story has hardly been told to the world, says Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner, who had been advocating for renewable energy at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, said Africa is on the right path toward a low carbon footprint by tapping... Read more
Welcome to Xingtai, the most polluted city in China. The air is so foul that it tastes of petrol, even on what passes for a clear day, Clifford Coonan reports for The Irish Times. Xingtai is located south of Beijing in the industrial heartland of Hebei. The province has the notorious distinction of being home to seven of China’s ten most polluted metropolises, according to an air-pollution index... Read more
It is estimated that Kampala, Uganda has over 65,000 motorcycle taxis. The motorcycle taxis are locally referred to as “boda bodas”. Citiscope reports that an Uber-like ridesharing service has been launched in the country, and its main focus is on safety. The local start up called SafeBoda lets anyone with a smartphone choose a motorcyclist that has been trained in defensive driving, first aid,... Read more
The energy company China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) wants to enter the European renewable market. The company plans to buy three onshore wind farms in the UK with a combined capacity of 73 MW. The wind farms belong to the French state-controlled utility Electricité de France (EDF), which operates on- and offshore wind energy plants with a total capacity of 539 MW. Apparently CGN plans to... Read more
Today in skyscraper news: a Saudi Arabian company has announced plans to build Africa's tallest skyscraper on a 60-acre plot of land in Casablanca, largest city in Morocco. Construction on the tower will begin in June 2015, should be done by 2018, and is expected to cost at least $1bn. Inside will be a seven-star hotel (yes, this is a thing), offices and a shopping centre. The design as a... Read more
Who’s feeding Africa’s burgeoning urban population? Not local farmers, Christine Mungai reports for Mail & Guardian Africa. African cities spend disproportionately on food imports to compensate for waning domestic production, Mungai says. Part of the reason is harvests are being stutnted by climate change, soil erosion and development. Another factor is trucking cartels that charge... Read more