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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:06
Fashion-conscious Tokyo has eliminated millions of tons of carbon dioxide while simultaneously giving the stoic salaryman some much-needed tropical flair. It sounds like a joke, but it isn’t. In 2005, Yuriko Koike, head of the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), declared war on the business suit — at least during the warmer months. She encouraged businessmen to forego suit jackets and ties during... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 09:42
By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings on 19 May. Themed “Global Value Chains and Africa’s Industrialization”, the 2014 report – a joint effort by the African... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 09:26
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President, Forrest Claypool has announced the completion of the installation of security cameras on more than 800 rail cars to enhance safety for passengers and assist in crime-reduction efforts. The expansion of cameras coincides with a 26 percent decrease in serious crimes in the first three months of 2014 across the transit system,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 09:20
The city of Tartu, Estonia, was the venue for an event on urban lighting from 7-9 May 2014. The successful event, entitled ‘The Light in the City’, was the second in a series, and forms a part of the ‘Light in the City’ project, funded by the European Union’s Europe for Citizens Programme. “The event brought more than 170 participants from nine different countries to the City of Tartu,” said... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 09:02
While notable improvements have been made, nearly 750 million people -- half in sub-Saharan Africa and half in Asia -- still lack access to clean drinking water, a new report released by WHO and UNICEF has concluded. While the figures are grim, there has been a considerable amount of progress over the past two decades in working toward universal access to basic drinking water, sanitation and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 15:30
About two weeks ago, the City of Bogotá officially announced its action plan to get its own world-class bicycle sharing system up and running. With a population of nearly 9 million inhabitants, and a city GDP per capita of roughly US$8,000 a year, the iconic capital of sustainable transport has experienced an enormous growth in car and motorcycle ownership over the past few years. In fact, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 09:45
Mumbai, India’s skywalk project was meant to provide better connectivity and accessibility for pedestrians in the city. The project – a joint initiative of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the Maharshtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) – aimed to build a target of 50 skywalks with a pricetag of USD 123 million. The goal was not only to build the world’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 09:38
You’ve heard the latest on climate change, and as is sadly so often the case, it’s even worse than we thought before. On Monday, May 12, researchers announced that the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet “appears unstoppable”. This means that no matter how much green energy we invest in, how many community gardens we plant, how many carbon offsets we buy, we’re still going to lose a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 09:30
Parks and city green spaces and school grounds are safe, pleasant and healthy places, right? Perhaps not, if they are sprayed with dangerous pesticides and herbicides. Cities are gradually waking up to the idea that they may be putting their populations at risk by using these chemical-containing pesticides and herbicides. Some of them are already receiving demands that they refrain from their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 09:04
CHICAGO – In the city that invented the skyscraper, no small plans will do. In that vein, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to transform Chicago with mega-projects so sexy they could be bankrolled entirely by private investors in exchange for a chunk of the profits. He staged media events with former President Bill Clinton. He touted the plan at big-ideas forums. And he heralded the new Chicago... Read more