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[ News ] Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 21:58
Saudi Arabia's decision to lead a 10-country coalition of Arab states into military action in Yemen is a defining moment for King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, only two months into his post. In conjunction with the GCC and a host of western countries pledging support, Saudi Arabia has forecefully played its hand against the Houthi rebels which have overrun Yemen and who have received the backing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:38
The United Nations on Tuesday launched an urgent appeal for nearly $30 million to provide life-saving assistance in Vanuatu after the island nation was ravaged by cyclone Pam. The UN's humanitarian organisation said it had launched a flash appeal for $29.9 million to help 166,000 people in the Pacific archipelago after it was hit by the cyclone on March 13. "That is more than half of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:31
A German budget airliner crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday with all 150 people on board declared dead, in one of the worst air crashes in France in 40 years. Here is a timeline of developments: An Airbus A320 of Lufthansa's low cost company Germanwings, operating Flight 4U 9525, takes off towards 09:35 am (0835 GMT) from Barcelona in Spain for Duesseldorf in Germany, where it is expected to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:18
In the future, drivers caught in congestion or entangled in fender benders will look to a higher power for relief — the nearest streetlight. Adele Peters reports for Fast Company thatGE plans to launch tests in large U. S. cities of high-tech streetlights that communicate with cars and municipal agencies. The lights use wireless sensors to gather and relay information to each passing vehicle’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 14:47
As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today. In his message marking the 2015 edition of World Water Day, observed annually on 22 March, the Secretary-General warned that access to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:36
Philips is introducing a new line of solar powered LED lights for use in Africa.  The lights were developed by the Nairobi based Philips Africa Innovation Hub, which is a center for developing innovations ‘in Africa-for Africa’.  Philips LifeLight is a new range of 100% energy-efficient solar-powered LED lighting that makes ordinary activities, such as studying or working in the evening, safer... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:28
Tiny Costa Rica has done something really big: It's managed to meet 100 percent of its power needs with renewable energy for 75 consecutive days, and it's doing this by using hydropower and geothermal energy, the state-owned Electricity Institute said. Of course, the country was off to a good start due to plentiful rains at four of its main hydroelectric plants, the Instituto Costarricense de... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:05
One year ago, Paris had to put emergency traffic measures into affect because of spiking air pollution in the capital city. Starting on Monday, only cars with odd-numbered plates will be allowed into the city, as Paris again fights the choking smog. Beginning Monday, cars with even-numbered plates will be banned from driving into the city of Paris. Public transportation will also be free at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:30
Dubai already boasts the world’s tallest skyscraper, a seven-star luxury hotel and an indoor ski resort, among other glitzy attractions. Yet even by this city’s daring architectural standards, the plan for a “rainforest” marks “a new zenith in outrageous investment,” Laurie Balbo reports for Green Prophet. While the goal is to replicate the flora and fauna found in actual rainforests, local... Read more
[ 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