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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:42
The Spanish city of Barcelona has been ranked the world’s smartest city, beating off competitors, New York, London and Singapore, with Rio de Janeiro missing out on a top five position. Compiled by Juniper Research, analysts in the mobile and digital technology sector,Barcelona was given the top position following an analysis of 25 cities’ ‘smart’ capabilities, with particular focus on their use... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:07
At CityLab, Alana Samuels posed a great question: Why are developers still building sprawl? Even as surveys show many people they want walkable communities, the builders keep producing car-oriented sprawl, she writes. Samuels looked at Los Vegas and Atlanta, two of America's most sprawling cities, and so her samples may not represent all of America. Yet she has a point: Builders are constructing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 21:04
Putin threatens Ukraine with suspension of gas supplies * Says people in eastern Ukraine suffering with no gas * Ukraine says Gazprom delivers less than already paid (Adds Putin comments, more Novak) By Vladimir Soldatkin and Katya Golubkova NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Feb 25 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia would halt gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not receive... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 21:48
Islamic State militants have kidnapped at least 90 people after sweeping through Christian villages in Syria, it has been revealed.  The abductions are said to have taken place after ISIS seized two Assyrian communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh. Dawn raids on Monday are said to have spread 'panic' in the villages, inhabited by the ancient Christian minority along... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:00
Two years ago, Anand Shah, founder of Indian firm Sarvajal, wrote in our op-ed pages about how the company had developed solar-powered ‘water ATMs’ to get clean and affordable water to people in remote parts of India. Shah ended by sharing his vision to have a water vending machine in every village and on every city corner, as a simple solution to a lack of drinking water in the developing world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:46
California’s long-awaited “hydrogen highway” may soon become a reality. A watered-down version of ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plans to make way for hydrogen-powered vehicles to travel from California to Mexico is now on the horizon. The California Energy Commission says it will spend about $20 million to build about half of the 100 stations needed to allow a driver of a hydrogen car to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:28
Solar energy is a pretty hot topic right now. It’s cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable than traditional energy sources. But the problem has remained of how to use solar energy without any sun – when it gets dark! An Israeli company thinks it might have found the answer. Brenmiller Energy, an alternative energy company, has announced that it will build a 10-megawatt solar field in the town of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 09:57
In a sign that Nairobi is embracing technology and innovation, the city has been dubbed the most “intelligent” in Africa. Alex Court reports for CNN that the Intelligent Community Forum, a New York-based think tank, named Nairobi the most tech-savvy African metropolis two years in a row. The designation takes into account factors such as startups, broadband connectivity, communications networks... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 06:52
This week the City of Cape Town issued a media release about an exciting challenge to improve informal trading in the city. The challenge, launched by the Department of Economic Development, calls for “innovative solutions to enhance and strengthen the informal trading sector” and the many problems street trading faces in Cape Town. The call encourages a broad and creative range of ideas... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 06:48
In January we featured a family from Downtown Atlanta.  As an urban parent ATL Urbanist told us what it was like living in Downtown with his son, both good and bad. One of our questions was what we thought his son would gain from living in Downtown Atlanta.  Many parents we speak with often cite the cultural resources, diversity, and convenience. But ATL Urbanist noted the social benefit. ... Read more