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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:18
While the idea of ‘free time’ is by nature associated with individual choice and being momentarily ‘free’ from the demands of everyday life, the amount and quality of this time we have at our disposal is closely linked to city-wide forces. When traffic congestion increases, the amount and quality of city residents’ free time decreases. Congestion degrades the opportunity for people to build... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:50
Water is set to become the most valuable resource on earth, even more precious than oil,” writes Ophélie Mortier, the responsible investment coordinator at the Belgian finance firm Petercam. “Corporations should adapt to this reality and integrate it into their daily operations. But luckily, this also opens up investment opportunities.” Mortier’s blog post on the subject, illustrated with a grim... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:38
Global energy systems are undergoing a process of creative destruction, as the large-scale integration of renewable energy, enhanced energy management and energy efficiency, and the intensified exploitation of unconventional fossil fuels reinvent the energy sector. These 12 diverse and disruptive innovators, described here in alphabetical order, are leading the charge: 1. Comverge Disruption:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:26
Many low-income neighborhoods have not joined the solar power revolution because of the perceived high initial cost of solar.  These are the very areas that could most benefit from lowered utility bills.  That could be changing, however, as companies and states are offering programs designed to assist these neighborhoods in getting affordable solar power. Developers Partner With Residents for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:16
Dubai is already home to the tallest tower in the world, so it was just a matter of time until the glitzy emirate planned another record-breaking construction. Its next project involves building the largest shopping mall on the planet, complete with climate-controlled streets, the world's largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments. In fact, the ambitious emirate has dubbed the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:30
World Cup fans may be focused on the games, but critics are paying attention to another aspect of the event—its price tag. Brazil spent billions of dollars on World Cup infrastructure, and many are understandably questioning the long-term benefits these investments will bring to local communities. While many of these criticisms are justified, if one looks beyond the shiny new stadiums—namely, to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:13
India’s National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning a 50 MW photovoltaic project that will be the world’s largest freshwater floating solar power plant! The estimated $64–$72 million project will be set over reservoirs and lakes in the southern state of Kerala. The project was developed with technical assistance from the Kolkota-based Renewable Energy College (REC), and the first pilot... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 21:06
A brilliant new online interactive map produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development allows you to investigate the scale and speed of urban transformation across the globe. At the top of the map is a slider permitting you to view cities with populations above 750,000 people from any year between 1800 and 2025 (based on current data). The size of a dot tells you how big... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 20:55
The Phoenix City Council has tabled approving the Bicycle Master Place until the end of the summer. The Phoenix Bicycle Master Plan is not complete yet, but aims to connect currently disjointed bicycle lanes, shared roads and bicycle boulevards and ultimately earn the Platinum rating for bicycling friendliness awarded by the League of American Bicyclists. Phoenix is one of the first handful of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 20:27
This year marks the seventh anniversary of the “Muévete en bici” (Bike Move) program in Mexico City. Every Sunday for the past seven years, the city has closed many of its streets to cars, and opened them up to pedestrians ready to dance, to jog, to bike, and connect to their community in new ways. This phenomenon has rapidly grown to become the fifth largest car-free day in Latin America, with ... Read more