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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:19
A United Nations body concerned with urban planning in countries affected by poverty or natural disasters started to develop a sports field in the slums of Kibera, Kenya and have created it using the popular sandbox video game, Minecraft. The game allows players to construct structures in 3D medium that enable project leaders to design a visual that can be shared with the neighbourhood residents... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:02
At the 2012 Rio+20 Summit, the United Nations member states began the ambitious process of defining the social and economic priorities for humanity over the next fifteen years. The open and participatory process and the initial negotiations amongst the world’s nations through the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has resulted in a draft document with 17 focus areas and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:51
On May 24, Japan sent disaster prevention into low-orbit with the launch of a rocket from Tanegashima, its island space center 70 miles off the coast of Kyushu. The rocket’s payload was a satellite named ALOS-2 (Advanced Land Observing Satellite), which is currently orbiting nearly 400 miles above the Earth’s surface. It’s one of more than 1,000 operational satellites orbiting the earth, but the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:32
A group of Chinese companies recently earned a certification from their government for producing goods with a significantly smaller carbon footprint than the market average, marking the start of a carbon labeling system in the country that is the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter. Although the idea of tracking carbon dioxide emissions is not completely new for Chinese businesses —... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:09
Garbage trucks get as little as 3 miles per gallon, making them prime targets in cities’ efforts to trim costs and curb greenhouse gas pollution. Trash trucks, when it comes to fuel, can be a big waste. The heavy-laden haulers spend most of their days lurching from driveway to driveway at walking speeds. Almost as soon as the engine growls forward from a stop, the driver brakes the truck to a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:14
Resilient Cities group has brought out a short film entitled ‘Knowledge and Action- Climate Change Impacts in Asian Cities and Ways to Adapt’. The video shows city officials, citizens, scientists and ICLEI experts from India, Europe and the Philippines expressing their opinions on the impact of climate change at the local level. Several stories included are about how the local governments and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:06
The global database of bus rapid transit (BRT) data has recently been updated, and the increased number of BRT lines, as well as the length of those lines, reflects the commitment of cities around the world to provide high-capacity mass transport to their citizens. Now, 180 municipalities have dedicated bus routes, 12 more than reported in April 2014. This means there is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 09:32
Just in time for World Population Day last week, the United Nations issued a simple press release full of statistics that have decidedly complex implications. Another 2.5 billion urban dwellers are anticipated to inhabit the world’s cities by 2050. By 2050, India is projected to add 404 million urban dwellers, China 292 million and Nigeria 212 million. Most of the growth, no surprise, will come... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 09:24
Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world’s first formal public parklets were initially conceived by Italian designer and London resident Suzi Bolognese (Sb Design Studio) and installed in San Francisco in 2010. As of January 2014, 62 parklets have been installed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 09:12
A new green skyscraper that ‘grows’ when new floors are needed and would be constructed out of its own rubbish could be built in London.  Taking its inspiration from bamboo scaffolding used in Asia, the structure of the building – being called the Organic Skyscraper – can be extended upwards over time as more floor space is needed. Each floor is made from an interlaced network of standard size... Read more