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[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 16:24
FortuneProps, a Bangalore, India based Technology Enabled Solutions firm, declares the launch of the GSIS (Geographical Space Information System) to generate instant reports for customers looking for office space. This company offers top class service that helps business owners get office space in the Bangalore area. Thorough understanding of corporate operations, dispute-free representation and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:07
Nairobi; Kenya: World Habitat Day 2014 was commemorated on Monday, October 6, with a befitting theme, ‘Voices from Slums’, to focus stakeholders’ attention on the hundreds of thousands of people living in poor housing conditions in urban areas. October 2014 has been dubbed the Urban Month by experts as Kenya grapples with the complexities of devolved urbanisation. Planners point out that the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:58
For a million Beijingers, tiny, windowless subterranean apartments are the best housing option available. Annette Kim writes in Land Lines that a steady wave of migration into the city and a severe shortage of affordable housing force many residents to live underground. The median size of the units — intended to serve as basements and air raid shelters — is only 9.75 square meters (105 square ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:58
Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to improve mass transport services. Manual data collection on the city’s transport routes mean information on transport systems has... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:22
Away from intensive agriculture and sheltered from the effects of climate change, our cities may be the refuges that bees and other pollinating insects need to survive. This film, from the Wellcome Trust and filmmaker Barry J Gibb, explores the possibilities .  Flitting from plant to plant, from flower to flower, bees and other insect pollinators play an essential role in crop pollination and... Read more