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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 09:09
It looks like a war zone, not the future of sustainable farming. Two 20-foot-tall piles of razed rubble, twisted metal, and warped wood are the backdrops. A gnarled bicycle and dozens of unmatched shoes nearly hidden by overgrown prairie grass and weeds litter the ground between three large, white shipping containers that belong more on a freighter than in a city lot on the edge of Washington's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 08:56
What makes a town or city fit for the future? Fraunhofer IAO, together with its numerous industry and city partners in the Innovation Network “Morgenstadt: City Insights” has developed an action-oriented model to provide precise answers to this question. Now they’ve launched an international competition, the Morgenstadt City Challenge, to select three cities to implement the new Morgenstadt... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 08:48
MERCED -- The city’s budget and Housing and Urban Development Annual Action Plan will be up for discussion when the Merced City Council meets Monday. The governing body will meet at 5:45 p.m. for a budget study session at City Hall, 678 W. 18th St., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The budget study session will be the first opportunity for City Council and Merced residents to set eyes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 08:40
The $1bn west African Gas Pipeline initiated as a project in 1982 and completed in 2007 was meant to do two things. First it would encourage Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron to tap into a vast resource that since the onset of oil production in the 1960s has been wasted in the associated gas burning- off process known as flaring. Second, it was to provide a cheap source of energy in a region starved... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 08:25
Despite the fact that there are multiple disaster management plans in place, the scene at Sunday's Diva-Sawantwadi train accident near Nagothane was one of utter chaos. The situation smacked of a lack of co-ordination, an absence of emergency services, and there was just no overall incharge. The reasons are obvious. The Railway disaster management plans are purely theoretical — and not even... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 09:38
During the recent 7th World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, the talk was not just about the hundreds of millions of people coming to cities—but also the tens of thousands of city managers and local governments who will need to manage cities more effectively to unleash the promise of urbanization.  The WBI urban team, together with the Institute of Housing and Urban Studies and UN-Habitat’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 09:30
Project will benefit 274,000 residents of the Federal District  Residents of Brazil’s Federal District, in particular those living in the districts of Sobradinho I and II, Jardim Botânico, Lago Sul, Incra 8 and Brazilândia, will benefit from an easing of the overburdened water supply grids of Compañía de Saneamiento Ambiental do Distrito Federal (CAESB) and better utilization of these systems... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 08:55
China is developing plans to expand its pilot carbon trading schemes into more of its key industrial regions, a top climate official said, as the country continues its drive to curb emissions, writes Reuters. The world's biggest emitter of climate-changing gases has over the past 10 months launched pilot carbon markets in six cities and provinces with a view to rolling out a national market... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 08:50
Japanese utilities had been persistent in responding to demand fluctuations through the power sources within the region owned by them. The current state of small-area system operation in Japan will be a major disadvantage in introducing renewable energy, according to an article published by the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation. Such a small-area system operation was a minor cause of the planned... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 07:48
A Philippine city took center stage at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, Colombia, organized by the United Nations. Cagayan de Oro City has been handpicked by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), which spearheaded the world’s premiere conference on cities, as among the nine global intermediate cities. The other eight cities are Johor Bahru on the straits of Johor... Read more