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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:10
More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase by about 65% over the next 20 years, making road traffic crashes the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030. Half of these road fatalities occur just in ten... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:50
New Year’s Day has come and gone, and 100 Resilient Cities wanted to challenge cities everywhere to make the following resolutions to build resilience and prepare for all the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing, globalizing, changing city landscape. 1. Get women involved in city planning and disaster response Women are underrepresented in city government and in how cities plan and execute... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:25
Wind turbines are great. They make energy out of wind, and they don't release any nasty greenhouse gases in the process. But, as NIMBYs are keen to tell you if you so much as hint that a wind turbine could darken their skyline, they have their downsides, too. They're big, they're noisy, and their giant choppers can kill birds (so can climate change, but that's a debate for another day). That... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:11
From kidnappings and bombings to dire poverty and bird flu, the headlines out of Nigeria are usually filled with hardship. But in the country‘s south, one metropolis bucks the trend. Ventures Africa reports that Calabar has blossomed into the nation’s first “digital city.” New fiber-optic communications infrastructure is expected to help this state capital improve essential services, such as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 18:58
President Obama’s State of the Union address was a tale of two speeches — and two campaigns. It was part 2012 and part 2008, both partisan and aspirational. It was an expression of a politician determined to make a fight of it with Republicans during his last two years in office and to set the terms of 2016. For most of the 2014 campaign, Obama was forced to the sidelines, spurned by members of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 18:56
    (Reuters) - France is to recruit thousands of extra police, spies and investigators to boost national security and intelligence, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Wednesday, two weeks after 17 people were killed by Islamist militants. Warning the threat remained high after the most deadly Islamist attack on French soil, Valls said the state would hire 2,680 in the police, justice,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:19
Photo (left): Complexo de Alemao, Favela in Rio de Janeiro. © Cesar Simborth Rio de Janeiro has over a thousand favelas or informal settlements, which host over a third of the city’s 6.3 million inhabitants (IBGE 2013). Over the past decades, many attempts have been conducted in order to improve quality of life in the city’s favelas. Morar Carioca is the latest Informal Settlement Upgrading... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:11
Antonis Mavropoulos has been involved in the solid waste management sector for more than 20 years. He is the founder and CEO of D-Waste, a global startup that aims to make waste management know-how and science, easily available and accessible to everyone. Mavropoulos serves as Chair of the International Solid Waste Management Association‘s (ISWA) Scientific and Technical Committee. He is also a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:58
When we think of smart cities, what image comes to mind? New York? Tokyo? Barcelona? Perhaps that of a global city with massive transportation infrastructure, intelligent waste management systems, and real-time traffic monitoring to ensure safety and comfort for its citizens, businesses and visitors. However, the time has come for Tequila—a town located in the state of Jalisco, about 600... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 23:21
    SANA, Yemen — The presidential residence and palace in Yemen were shelled on Tuesday by Houthi rebel militiamen, the information minister reported, in an escalation of the fighting that has gripped the capital for the past few days and raised fears of a coup in one of the Middle East’s weakest countries. The president of Yemen, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, was believed to be inside the residence... Read more