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[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:23
Happen to be in Istanbul? Then hop aboard Botobus, a new eco-friendly public transport option that features an organic rooftop garden. Introduced last week by the Istanbul Transportation Authority (IETT), the “botanical bus” embarked on its first journey between Edirnekapi and Taksim. The project aims to draw attention to global warming and the environment. The rooftop garden absorbs direct... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 14:49
Over the years, urban planners have grappled with the problem of decongesting the city of Nairobi whose population is now close to four million. Various interventions have been outlined but little seems to have changed in urban development. But as Standard Digital reports, the Kenyan government has an ambitious plan to disperse much of Nairobi’s population through the creation of six new cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:38
A sustainable mobility project in Limerick has launched a prize fund to encourage communities to design creative and effective travel actions to reduce car use in the city. The Big Travel Action Challenge fund, organised by Limerick Smarter Travel (link is external), is offering groups and individuals up to a total of € 15 000 in prize money to think of sustainable travel solutions for the Irish... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:25
The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger. Dr. Shenggen Fen, director-general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), told IPS the crisis is expected to be confined mostly to the countries directly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:10
Portland, the largest city in Oregon with over 600, 000 inhabitants has become a global model of transit-oriented development (TOD). Peter Calthorpe, a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism was one of the original pioneers of TOD. Calthorpe explains that the model follows a simple formula: diversity: diversity of population and diversity in land use. Therefore the occupants of loft... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 16:10
Two people died in a riot in Sierra Leone sparked when health workers struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic tried to take a blood sample from an elderly woman, doctors told AFP on Wednesday. A machete-wielding mob clashed with security personnel in the eastern town of Koidu and then went on a rampage on Tuesday, after preventing a medical team from taking the blood from the 90-year-old mother... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 15:57
Are Europe’s densely packed cities the best model for China’s urbanization? Roger Harrabin reports for the BBC that British urban planning experts are traveling to China to advise municipal leaders on the benefits of compact cities that prioritize walking and public transit over automobiles. The team from the UK’s Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), based in London, will share ideas... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:51
Selling excess solar or wind energy back to the power company is not a new idea. But what if, instead of selling renewable energy back to companies who then sell it to our neighbors, we could sell the energy directly to our neighbors? This is what Vandebron is doing. A new platform in the Netherlands, Vandebron connects those with excess energy with those who want to purchase clean energy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:52
Traffic management isn't usually a very friendly business. Signs in stark Helvetica instruct you when to stop, go, and turn; and ocassionally flash at you if you're going too fast. In New Mexico, however, one road is operating a more reward-based approach to speed limits.  A line of "rumble strips" were installed on a street betwen Alberquerque and Tijeras earlier this month. When motorists... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:32
Developers have presented the best professional/scientific app and the best consumer app that will come to the aid of communalities around the world by informing them about disasters.  These efforts have been part of the Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge that presented a cash award of US$10,000 for the best app. Technology company Esri – the world leader in Geographic Information Systems... Read more