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[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 10:01
There are 3.5 million tricycles in the Philippines, and they’re mostly ridden by adults. Conventional motorbikes with metal passenger sidecars welded to their sides, the trikes are one of the many quirky aspects of public life here that delight tourists and, for locals, provide the bulk of public transportation in provincial cities across the country. They’re also loud and dirty, roaring through... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 09:23
Large shell structures made of concrete or stone are hardly ever built any more. The reason is that their construction requires large, expensive supporting structures. At the Vienna University of Technology, a completely new construction method has been developed, which does not require any timber structures at all: a flat concrete slab hardens on the ground, and then an air cushion below the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 09:13
Volvo has announced plans to study the potential for electric roads that charge buses as they're being driven. The study will be carried out in partnership with the Swedish Transport Administration to further develop sustainable transport. A stretch of electric road may be built in Gothenburg for testing. Volvo has already been testing electric rails built into the road as a means of powering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 09:05
Take a walk through the streets of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, and you will be struck by the huge proliferation of litter and waste, from plastic bottles and bags to polystyrene wrappings. Parks and paths are scattered with them; they block the drains and festoon the harbour. In 2012, the Haitian government passed a law forbidding the import of polyethylene and polystyrene in a bid to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 11:06
What’s the modal split in Europe, Asia and the US like? And which cities have the most expensive public transport fares? This infographic answers those questions and more. Source: Sustainable Cities Collective NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 10:20
A team of ambitious students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an incredible new weapon in the battle against air pollution. For their entry in the Environmental Protection Agency student design competition, the UC students created roof tiles coated with titanium dioxide that can break down smog-forming particles in the atmosphere, essentially eliminating a large... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 09:48
In what could be one of the most innovative examples of the circular economy to date, Heinz and Ford hope to have found a new use for the leftover tomato skins that emerge from ketchup factories. The two corporate giants yesterday revealed the launch of a new project that aims to find out if discarded tomato fiber can be processed into bioplastics that could be used in cars and other vehicles.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 09:37
The Greek company Attiko Metro S.A after completing  all required tests and certifications, has delivered seventeen new trains to Greece’s Urban Rail Transport S.A. (STASY S.A.), which will be soon put into service in the Metro network. These seventeen new Metro trains are going to serve the Metro network, especially the new lines covering the areas of Elliniko, Anthoupoli and Agia Marina, as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 09:31
Everyday, each of us is reminded that fire, flood, earthquakes and other hazards make all of us here on planet earth vulnerable. No city or region is completely immune. Disasters happen. They often erupt suddenly with little or no warning. One city, Coimbatore, India is leading the way in learning to prepare and respond in the face of natural hazard. Coimbatore is a thriving industrial hub with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 09:16
Accra, the capital of Ghana , is the African city with the highest potential for inclusive growth, according to the 2014 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index (ACGI). This is the second consecutive year that Accra has taken the top spot on the Index. Launched in 2013 , the ACGI maps the continent’s economic outlook according to the inclusive urbanisation of its cities. Sets of lagging (... Read more