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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 19:21
Traffic fatalities are one of the world’s leading causes of preventable death and, unless urgent action is taken, will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. To combat this trend, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today a new phase of the foundation’s Global Road Safety initiative, which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes. The foundation will invite... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:37
By Jeffrey D. Sachs Sustainable development is the central drama of our time. The world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) for the period 2015-2030, following the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ran from 2000 until next year. The MDGs focus on ending extreme poverty, hunger and preventable disease. They have been the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:30
By Tazmine Loomans What do you do when you’re the city of Portland and millions of people are supposed to move into your city in the coming decades and you have an urban growth boundary? Build up, right? To a certain extent yes, but not above the fifth floor, says world-renown architect Jan Gehl. “I would say that anybody living over the fifth floor ought generally to be referring to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 09:48
Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train – and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the first public test of its new magnetic levitation train! Whereas traditional HSR trains run on conventional tracks, limiting top speeds to around 200 mph, the new maglev train can hit 311 mph using “L-Zero”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 09:30
For most of human history, we’ve been wasting energy we didn’t even know we could harness: the sun’s rays, wind, geothermal heat. But now, new technology is proving that we were wasting another resource, too – our own footsteps. “Kinetic energy” can, it turns out, be collected by installing pressure pads under pavements. When pedestrians step on them, the force pushes fluid through mini-turbines... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:49
The concept of smart, connected transport is a hot topic among city leaders looking to ride the wave of innovation to more sustainable, prosperous cities. Despite this, building a truly smart and interconnected urban transport system is more than most cities can hope to do all at once. Three key elements of smart urban transport – communications, efficient operations, and integration – serve as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:26
Brazilian officials would rather you not know about favelas, the city’s historically impoverished shantytowns, which often appear as mysterious andunmarked splotches on tourist maps. But the prospects of the Brazilian slums seem to be rising. Residents say drug and gang-related violence is down and government raids are less frequent. There are even reports that some favelas have become popular... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:56
The pressure’s on for placemakers. Just as housing and transportation advocates have been mobilizing in the run up to Habitat III (the “Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development”), urbanists who believe place is the space in which to build equitable, thriving cities hope to have a strong voice in establishing the new urban agenda at the 2016 UN-wide conference. However, as planners... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:19
An extraordinary heart-shaped solar farm is set to be built on the Pacific island of New Caledonia. The 2MW "Heart of New Caledonia" is being built by solar company Conergy and should start producing power for 750 homes from early next year. The plant, comissioned by local beverage company Froico SA, is expected to save around two million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over its projected 25-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 07:58
In 2008, a resident of Llangynog, a village in South Wales, paid his cash-strapped council £295 to turn on 16 streetlights in his village for an extra six months of the year. This story makes two points. Firstly, streetlights can be costly to run, and can seem like a luxury on council budget sheets. And second, to residents, they are more like a necessity. It’s unlikely that any city will start... Read more