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[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:50
The gravest danger to walkers as well as bicyclists and motorists is other motorists who drive dangerously. According to data collected by the New York City Department of Transportation from 2008-2012, “dangerous driver choices” contributes to pedestrian deaths in 70 percent of cases. “Dangerous pedestrian choices” is responsible in 30 percent of cases and joint responsibility in 17 percent of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:24
By Ranjani Iyer Mohanty I recently noticed something curious as I drove out of my neighborhood in South Delhi. The road had just been redone and now, on the stone walls that run along either side of the street, about knee-high off the ground, I spotted ceramic tiles with pictures of Hindu gods. There were images of Lakshmi, Shiva, Saraswati, Hanuman, and others of the pantheon, along with saints... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:10
There are no shortages of stories on the environmental, social and economic negative impacts of water scarcity and the drought in the U.S. in general and in California in particular. Stories about innovative solutions to address water scarcity and water quality, and the opportunity to ramp up investments in said solutions in the U.S. and globally? Not so much. Singapore, Australia and Israel... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:30
The largest and most populous city in Brazil, São Paulo, risks losing public water supply in November, unless it rains very soon, according to Dilma Pena, president of Sabesp, the public company that manages basic sanitation in the city. Almost 12 million people live in São Paulo. Excessive heat and lack of rain have affected parts of Brazil over the last months, and in São Paulo, recent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:24
Chinese cities dominate headlines about hazardous air, yet many experts warn that Indian cities are just as foul — or even more polluted. Muneeza Naqvi reports for the Associated Press that India is launching an air quality index to measure the microscopic particles that urbanites breathe. The index would track eight types of pollutants in cities with at least 1 million residents over the next... Read more