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[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 09:35
R.K.Pachauri, an internationally acclaimed environmentalist who chaired the IPCC, said that India urgently needs more green buildings, an especially radical departure from conventional building design. He said: “There has to be radical departure in the construction of new buildings. There is a change in culture which has impacted the consumption of energy, water and other resources. Our rating... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 09:26
Ten years from now, transportation in Helsinki may operate very differently from the current system. The service will be run by transportation operators, through which the regular citizen can buy all they want with a click. This does not only entail public transportation within the city, but also carpool, taxi, a train ticket to Tampere or parking fees in the city centre. Few want to own their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 09:22
Zem2All, Zero Emissions Mobility To All, is an initiative to provide access to electric mobility to citizens, both individuals and companies. So far, 180 vehicles are already on the roads of Malaga, allowing for an in depth knowledge of their impact and providing information and experiences. Zem2All is a joint project between Spain and Japan, which is supported by the industrial technology... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 09:00
Peru’s University of Technology and Engineering (UTEC) believes that engineers can change the world. As proof, it has transformed billboards — fixtures so commonplace that most of us barely notice them — into sources of clean air and water for the local community. The newest billboard cleans roughly 70,000 cubic meters of air per day, equivalent to 1,200 trees. These efforts are welcome in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 09:00
The slums of Manila are about the worst place you could possibly be during a typhoon. Clinging to riverbanks or perched over bay waters on spindly stilts, they are easily destroyed, overwhelmed by floods and filled with the foul detritus of urban life. It seems obvious that when a strong typhoon is headed their way, the best thing for the squatters who live here to do is evacuate to safer ground... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 08:49
The Nature Conservancy has published a global database of over 500 cities around the world to determine their level of water stress. Based on the number of water sources available to each city, the results are both suprising and disturbing, and underline how globalization has exacerbated climate change’s impact on our lives. After all, a large number of people in a relatively small area puts a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 08:32
Boston has begun unveiling rechargeable solar points on park benches for those perennially caught out without any battery charge in their phones, tablets and laptops. Dubbed the ‘Soofa‘ it will provide seating space for two, either side of a single photovoltaic solar panel encased in a sturdy central box that is fitted with two USB ports. “Your cell phone doesn’t just make phone calls, why... Read more
[ 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 17, 2014 - 09:30
There's no one way to show riders the way, but some are better than others. The blog Greater Greater Washington reports that the D.C. Metro is considering a change to the way it labels platform signs. The way things are now, Metro signs show a line's terminal station. So if you're riding the Blue line from downtown D.C., you can choose between heading toward Franconia-Springfield in one... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:56
The latest contest in the federal government’s new competition-based approach to disaster resilience was announced today, this one aimed at communities recently struck by catastrophic events. Called the National Disaster Resilience Competition, the initiative puts $1 billion up for grabs to the 67 communities that suffered a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster from 2011 to 2013. The money... Read more