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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 08:33
Austria must prepare its transport infrastructure for more sustainable forms of mobility and help it deal with the effects of climate change, a mobility campaign group has said. The Austrian charity VCÖ highlights in a report the need for Austria to have a more diverse selection of transport in the future. It says that multimodal journeys in Austria - trips involving multiple types of transport... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 09:19
This year, two designs – one proposed and one built – for elevated cycletracks, which create bicycle highways above street level, have gained considerable media attention. They highlight questions at the heart of urban design: Should cities blend or separate transportation options? How can cities best mitigate the hazards created when cars, bikes, mass transit, and pedestrians mix? How can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 09:06
By Kelly McCartney Shareable loves tiny houses. Whether they are for off-grid living, homeless communities, short-term rentals, orretirement makes no difference. What matters is that they provide myriad benefits for their occupants and reverse a socially isolating and environmentally destructive decades-long trend of "bigger is better." In the past 30 years or so, the average home size has... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 08:36
Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016. Irrigation techniques, industrial and residential habits combined with climate change... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:56
A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper. The government and paper companies kicked off a "Let's stockpile toilet paper!" campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half of the supply comes from one of Japan's most earthquake-prone areas. Officials said people... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:09
At the second Raaghiri Day event , residents of Delhi came together to bring up the issue of the encroachment on pavement with increasing traffic that have left little space for people to walk on roads. Residents from welfare associations have voiced their opinion on seeking a safer infrastructure. Urban planners have also expressed that the master plan, which is soon to be amended, should... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:03
Despite being endowed with renewable energy sources – like wind, sunshine and waves – small island developing states remain heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels, a practice that the United Nations says can be reversed through durable partnerships. “SIDS are creating opportunities and examples that, if replicated worldwide, could lead the transition from fossil fuel energy to renewable and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 08:53
Story by Byron Kidd At a press conference held on August 29 Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe responded to questions regarding his vision for cycling in Tokyo in the lead up to the 2020 Olympics. His answers were interesting to say the least. In principal the Governor supports the installation of street level bicycle lanes, over sidewalk level lanes and is committed to expanding Tokyo's network of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 21:49
At a recent seminar, Anand Singh Bhal, the Economic Adviser, Ministry of Urban Development has announced that policies on 100 smart cities will include development of existing as well as creation of new towns from scratch. “Smart city is a new buzz word. It’s not possible to make 100 new smart cities as it will take 20-30 years to build. So, instead of building 100 new smart cities, a lot of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 21:25
On Friday, the United Nations reported that nearly half of Syria's population has been displaced since the start of the civil war in 2011. Half. It's the equivalent of 135 million Americans being forced to move. Three million Syrians have become refugees abroad and 6.5 million more have fled their homes for other locations within the country (a group known as "internally displaced people," or... Read more