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[News] Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
The flood of migrants into China’s cities that fueled economic growth for three decades is beginning to wane. Jamil Anderlini reports for FT Magazine, published by the Financial Times, that workers weary of air pollution, dangerous work ... Read more
In the last few years, Turkey has been celebrating its booming economy. But recent numbers paint a more sober picture. Experts say the government has failed to implement reforms. Thomas Seifert reports from Istanbul. Third-quarter growth of 1.7 percent and a 2.8 percent expansion rate for the first nine months of the year would have many European countries in rapture, but in Turkey, these... Read more
Peru was recently awarded €9 million ($11.14 million) for its urban transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) by the German and British NAMA facility. This climate finance award will allow the Peruvian government to leverage $50 million from development aid agencies – especiallyKfW, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and CAF Development Bank of Latin America – and much... Read more
The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, wants to ban diesel cars in the French capital by 2020 and create pedestrianised areas in the city centre to tackle pollution. In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche, Ms Hidalgo also hinted of a ‘very ambitious’ € 100m cross-city cycling network that would double the amount of bicycle lanes and integrate electric bikes into the city bike rental scheme.... Read more
It isn't the rocky cold surface of Mars that could be humanity's next home. A NASA project wants to make Venus's atmosphere humanity's next home. The High Altitude Venus Operational Concept or HAVOC project plans to create a city of multiple zeppelins, floating 31 miles up in the Venetian atmosphere at a temperature of 167 degrees Fahrenheit. That is only 17 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than Earth'... Read more
On the streets of Kankan, Guinea, the women hawking soap are much more than typical peddlers. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), they play a critical role in informing citizens about the importance of hand washing as a simple yet effective protection against Ebola. The UN has dispatched 100 women to sell soap at 1,000 francs per bar (14 cents U. S.) across Guinea... Read more
Public transport is one of the key ingredients in making our cities both environmentally sustainable and economically competitive. It generates a wide range of benefits for cities, well beyond just the mobility sphere and is a significant motor for economic development in itself.
Over the past half-century Africa has been the most rapidly urbanising region on the globe – but that urbanisation has been seriously dysfunctional. A good city provides people both with better employment opportunities and a better quality of life than in rural areas. African cities generally provide neither.
Peru recently received an $11 million grant from the NAMA facility that will help the country attract significant funding for its multi-billion dollar sustainable urban transport improvement plans.
The completion of Delhi Metro’s Phase III is set to not only expand the total length of its network in the national capital but also make Delhi a city with one of the highest number of metro stations to be found anywhere on the world map. Over 241 stations will be part of the Delhi Metro network after Phase III which will make it the seventh city in the world to have more than 200 metro stations... Read more
Africa is experiencing a revolution towards cleaner energy through renewable energy but the story has hardly been told to the world, says Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner, who had been advocating for renewable energy at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, said Africa is on the right path toward a low carbon footprint by tapping... Read more