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[ News ] Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:25
Mexico City: It’s a place famous for its pre-Colombian civilizations, its cuisine and culture, and as the megacity once ranked as the #1 most polluted city in the world. Today the city is a rising leader in sustainability and urban innovation, with aggressive work to decrease pollution, promote public health and wellness, and the highest concentration of LEED buildings in Mexico. Of course, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:22
  Wondering whether your house gets enough sunlight to make solar panels worth it? Well, if you live in Boston, San Francisco or Fresno, you’re in luck. Google is launching an online tool for those three cities called Sunroof that will tell users how much sun hits each building, by entering a street address. If successful, the program could expand across the U.S. — at a time when many cities and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:16
Hawaii,  known for its beaches and lavish resorts, has become a hotspot for local food and agriculture in recent years. Hawaii was No. 8 on the 2015 Locavore Index, a list that ranks every state in its commitment to local foods. The list is compiled by Vermont-based local food advocacy organizationStrolling of the Heifers. “The purpose of the index is to stimulate efforts across the country to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 15:32
Cities have been turning to LED street lights to save energy costs for a few years. Now, they’re also using the technology to enhance emergency communication, Jeffrey Spivak reports for Urban Land.  In downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, a public park turned dangerous each night as rival gangs moved in. The park’s safety improved dramatically after the city added lights that police could remotely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:31
Dubai’s skyline boasts the world’s tallest skyscraper. Soon, it will also have the world’s first 3D-printed office building, Andrew Torchia reports for Reuters. The one-story office is to be constructed over a few weeks by a two-story tall 3D printer. Even the furniture and other interior features would be manufactured with the printer. The project is a collaboration between Dubai and Winsun, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:55
The widespread use of digital technology – including satellite imagery, body cameras and smart phones – is fast becoming a new tool in monitoring and capturing human rights violations worldwide. Singling out the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions Christof Heyns says: “We have all seen how the actions of police officers and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:47
Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney. New South Wales Health said 12 dentists from four surgeries were accused of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation practices and advised patients to get blood tests for HIV as well as Hepatitis A, B and C as a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:40
North Korea has opened its new airport terminal in the capital, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's "unremitting efforts" to put the country's air transport on a world level. Terminal 2 of Pyongyang International Airport, which is reserved for international civilian flights, opened for service Wednesday, state media said. "The terminal was built in a modern way from the gatepost to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:33
According to a new report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), ISIS, in the first year since it established a "caliphate," has executed 3,027 people, including 74 children and 143 of their own members. The new report, issued on June 29, details the nature and extent of the executions, with "many of the charges against those executed being recorded as blasphemy and spying, but... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:22
Does your city need a shrink? Robert Sullivan reports for the New York Times Magazine that psychiatrists are sensitive to the effects that broken neighborhoods have on public health. They can diagnose forms of “community trauma” that city leaders and architects might overlook. To help neighborhoods heal, they prescribe fresh approaches to urban design. This month’s reopening of a historic bridge... Read more