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[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:23
PUNE, India — Over the past five years, the Yerwada slum area on the outskirts of Pune has gone through a remarkable transformation. Where once there was an unplanned maze of narrow alleys, now there are spacious inner lanes. Ramshackle homes made of bamboo sticks and asbestos sheets have been replaced by sturdier structures made of brick and mortar. Yerwada is still a noisy, busy place, but... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:15
Rising sea levels in the Indus delta and along Pakistan’s coastlines could submerge three major cities in Sindh in less than five decades, warns chief of Pakistan’s National Institute of Oceanography Karachi has long had a reputation as a congested, gritty port city. But the future of this city and more than 20 million people could be underwater if current erosion patterns in the Indus delta ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:15
With a metropolitan population of more than 21 million people—and growing quickly—Mexico City faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or to meet the mobility needs of different communities, the city has had to innovate throughout its history to help residents move safely and efficiently. Today, Mexico City is stepping... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:09
Walking and cycling may be the two most basic modes of transport, but they may also be the most promising for a sustainable future. In a car-filled world, it’s the people who use their own two feet or two wheels that are making efficient use of space in crowded cities while creating health and environmental benefits for themselves and others. Yet in a forthcoming international agreement that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:02
Last year, Venezuela became an urban laboratory for architects and urban designers who believe in the implementation of participatory processes and collaborative design techniques in order to change communities who live under threat. The Venezuelan firm PICO Estudio in hand with the National Government of Venezuela organised Espacios de Paz (EDP) (Spaces of Peace); an urban journey where... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 20:17
With the new investment to modernize and expand Metrobús, Mexico City is making high quality sustainable mobility a reality for its residents. Photo by Taís Policanti/EMBARQ Mexico. With a metropolitan population of more than 21 million people—and growing quickly—Mexico City faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:23
As temperatures rise and storms intensify due to climate change, river flooding has emerged as a serious threat to cities, particularly in the developing world. Alex Rogala, Andrew Maddocks and Charles Iceland report for The City Fix that a new online tool created by theWorld Resources Institute helps municipalities forecast and quantify the problem. The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer estimates... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 14:28
A prototype toilet that can generate power from urine was launched last week.  The urinal, which is being trialled at the University of the West of England (UWE) in the United Kingdom, is designed to improve security in refugee camps by providing lighting in and around toilets.  UK anti-poverty charity Oxfam, whose researchers are working with those from UWE on the project, say the technology ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 13:35
  Jerusalem: As Israelis cast their ballots on Tuesday for the 20th Knesset, PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party is in for a strong challenge from from his rival Zionist camp led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.     While Netanyahu, also known as 'Bibi' is noted for his stress on national security, (which has reportedly become the reason of ennui that has set in among Israelis) Herzog and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:25
Of all of the water on the planet, only 1% of it is drinkable. That means 7 billion people are sharing the precious little drinking water that we have, which really makes every drop count. Meanwhile, water-hogging countries like the US use over 2400 cubed meters of water per person every single year – far more than necessary. This infographic from Nature’s Water explains the most common ways... Read more

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