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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 15:04
Kibera is an informal settlement located in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Home to an estimated one million people and covering an area of 2.5 square kilometers, Kibera is the largest informal settlement in Kenya and arguably one of the largest in Africa. The inhabitants of Kibera’s informal settlement face numerous challenges which include illiteracy, improper shelter, poor sanitation and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:03
Sainsbury's has today announced its Cannock, England store will effectively come off the national grid, following the installation of a direct link between the supermarket and a local anaerobic digestion plant. The supermarket giant said that the move meant the store was being powered by the company's own food waste, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and waste costs in the process. The project,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:53
Take the first version and make it even more powerful.  After a successful nine-month pilot test from May 2013 to January 2014, the improved second version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC 2.0) is now open for public comments until 18 August 2014. Practioners and technical experts in the fields of energy, transportation, waste management, agriculture and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:38
Cheer any Indian leader who takes on the taboo of public hygiene, one of the country’s great problems. Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, says building toilets is a priority over temples. His finance minister, Arun Jaitley, used this month’s budget to set a goal of ending defecating in the open by 2019. That will be 150 years since the birth of Mohandas Gandhi, who said good sanitation was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:29
Makoko Floating School by NLÉ studio is a prototype structure that addresses physical and social needs in view of the growing challenges of climate change in an urbanizing African context. The movable ‘building’ is currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in Lagos, the lagoon heart of Africa’s second most populous city. Here about 100,000 people live in housing units built on stilts... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:37
Germany is the world’s most energy efficient country, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Sixteen of the world’s largest economies who collectively represent 71% of global electricity consumption, were examined by the bipartisan nonprofit in an attempt to determine who is leading on sustainability. The analysis examines how energy is managed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:21
Who believes in climate change? We know liberals mostly do, and that women are more likely to than men. Now, a New Zealand-based study adds another demographic to the planet-sympathizing mix: people who live near the coast. And that’s not just because lefties prefer beachfront property. The researchers polled several thousand randomly selected New Zealanders across the country. While political... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:53
Tygron, a company that creates serious games for urban development, hosted part of the Serious Gaming workshop. Tygron’s products were created out of a need for city planners to be able to conceptualise development initiatives before they are put into policy. The game they introduced integrates a Sims-like gaming platform with real-life indicators taken from GIS information systems and city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:36
AirPod, a car using compressed air to power its engine, is set to go on the market in autumn this year as a zero-emissions urban vehicle. The AirPod will able to reach a top speed of 80 km per hour and has a range of between 150 and 200 kilometres. Compressed air is fed into the car's tank which is then used to move the pistons inside the engine. It has a similar emissions profile to electric... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:18
Cities in China and India usually dominate global headlines about hazardous urban air pollution. But a recent World Bank study concludes that pollution in Pakistan’s cities is just as severe. The report, Cleaning Pakistan’s Air, warns that policymakers in South Asia’s most urbanized nation are hampered by limited finances and technical expertise to effectively combat the problem. Rapid... Read more