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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:55
A newly installed bicycle path in Krommenie, 25 km from Amsterdam, has been constructed with solar cells, enabling it to generate enough energy to power three homes. The path, which is covered by a one-inch layer of glass strong enough to withstand the weight of a truck, is currently 70 m long, and will be extended to 100 m in the near future. Further research is planned on ways to improve the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:59
Underwater cities aren't actually that rare. There's Port Royal in Jamaica, submerged when it was hit by an earthquake in 1692. There's the ancient city of Dwarka, India, whose ruins were discovered in 2000. There's Atlantis, the most famous underwater city of all (location tbc). But now the Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese construction company, is planning a city that will be underwater on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:39
How acute is San Diego’s water shortage? It’s so severe that the city is turning to sewers for relief. The AP reports that the City Council last Tuesday unanimously approved a $2.5 billion plan to “recycle” wastewater (yes, that includes liquid flushed down toilets). San Diego plans to purify 15 million gallons by 2023. The sewage treatment would scale to 83 million gallons a day by 2035,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:52
Mexico City is the winner of the third Audi Urban Future Award, the world’s highest-value prize for innovative mobility solutions boasting a cash prize of € 100 000. An interdisciplinary jury from China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Columbia and the USA assessed proposals provided by competition teams according to criteria such as innovative power, feasibility, sustainability and transferability... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:10
By Tim Brewer The Ebola crisis has thrown into sharp relief the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene in treating and caring for the sick. Dying patients are being taken to hospitals which never had enough water to maintain hygiene, and the epidemic has pushed the system to breaking point. Last week’s World Health Organisation report produced by UN Water, the Global Analysis and Assessment of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 09:46
 By Beverley Mitchell Solar and wind energy have long struggled to compete with conventional energy sources on two fronts: dispatch and cost. However, new U.S. industry data outlined in the New York Times reveals the cost of these renewable energy sources has fallen dramatically in the last five years, making them competitive with — and sometimes even undercutting — fossil fuel-sourced energy.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:49
New York’s famed Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) launched a new exhibit, “Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Growing Megacities,” this weekend that highlights challenges faced by megacities. Margaret Rhodes reports for Wired that curator Pedro Gadanho invited six teams of architects, urban planners, and researchers to devise strategies to make six sprawling cities more livable. Hong Kong,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:27
By Justus Wanzala NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Kenya seeks new clean sources of energy, it has turned to the sun, the wind, the earth's heat and its organic matter. Now it has its eye on an additional source of power: Human feces. Abundant and easily accessible, human waste can be converted into biogas used for cooking or generating electricity. With millions of people living in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:11
Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states' industry and infrastructure, warns a new advisory note from the United Nations, encouraging the establishment of a regional mechanism for better preparedness. A joint press release issued today by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:39
Iberdrola Ingeniería, in a consortium with Gamesa, has completed the construction of its first wind farm in Kenya, the Ngong II project with an installed capacity of 13.6 MW. It was awarded by the state-owned Kenyan Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) in a contract worth € 21.4 million. Ngong II wind farm, located in the municipality of Ngong Hills, about 30 km west of Nairobi,... Read more