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[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:27
By Justus Wanzala NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Kenya seeks new clean sources of energy, it has turned to the sun, the wind, the earth's heat and its organic matter. Now it has its eye on an additional source of power: Human feces. Abundant and easily accessible, human waste can be converted into biogas used for cooking or generating electricity. With millions of people living in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:11
Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states' industry and infrastructure, warns a new advisory note from the United Nations, encouraging the establishment of a regional mechanism for better preparedness. A joint press release issued today by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:39
Iberdrola Ingeniería, in a consortium with Gamesa, has completed the construction of its first wind farm in Kenya, the Ngong II project with an installed capacity of 13.6 MW. It was awarded by the state-owned Kenyan Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) in a contract worth € 21.4 million. Ngong II wind farm, located in the municipality of Ngong Hills, about 30 km west of Nairobi,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:30
A combination of lower prices and improved technology has resulted in the number of electric cars in Denmark almost doubling in less than a year, according to recent figures released by Danish car importers. The figures show that around 1 000 electric vehicles were sold in the country in the first nine months of 2014 - surpassing the 2013 total of 600 purchases. The number of electric cars... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 08:53
As Mumbai’s streets become increasingly clogged with automobiles, some residents say it’s time to slam the brakes on road construction, crashes, fumes and honking. Sachi Aggarwal reports for The City Fix that Mumbai’s new Equal Streets movement turns over portions of major thoroughfares to pedestrians and cyclists every Sunday. The closures generate a festive atmosphere that attracts dancers,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 13:06
With corporates back in act with hiring, growth and consolidation, deals for leasing office space are on the surge. Requirement for office space in selected metros is raised by about 30 percent. In the biggest office leasing deal, homegrown eCommerce giant Flipkart has leased around 3 million sq ft of principal office space in Bangalore from realty firm Embassy group at an yearly rent of Rs 300... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 09:21
Urban areas experience a lot of vehicular congestion and traffic jams cost us millions of dollars every day through wasted time, environmental pollution, and increased stress. The City of Nairobi is no exception and due to this a “Transport and Urban Decongestion Committee” was set up by Governor Evans Kidero to look into the best solutions to deal with Nairobi’s congestion. The Committee... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:38
Public transport powered by human waste and sewage could be the next big trend in sustainable energy. For real. The U.K.’s “Bio-Bus” embarked on its maiden voyage today, running entirely on biomethane gas produced by treating waste and sewage at a plant run by thebiotechnology company GENeco. The 40-seat bus operated by Bath Bus Company will ferry passengers between Bath and Bristol Airport. It... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:10
Tel Aviv was awarded this year’s World Smart Cities Award presented at a gala dinner last night during the Smart City Expo and World Congress in Barcelona. Israel’s largest city was recognised for its initiatives in digitally connecting and engaging citizens with the municipality’s activities. A Residents Club, free Wi-Fi across the city and its own city App are several services the city offers... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:00
Connection to nature is one of four primary qualities that generate a strong sense of place in a city or town, according to urbanist Richard Florida. Other qualities include: Walkable urban form; history and historic preservation; and culture and arts.  The first quality is why beach and mountain towns are so appealing. But some of the most dramatic juxtapositions with nature are possible in big... Read more