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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:03
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, overriding objections to an ill-advised third term, now faces a growing popular movement to oust him after his term ends this coming June. On Sunday, thousands of angry Burundians filled the streets in the capital, Bujumbura, to protest a manouevre by the ruling party to put Nkurunziza back in office for one more term of five years. The constitution allows... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 09:36
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake shook the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage, officials said. The quake was felt in the historic center of the state capital, also called Oaxaca, a colonial city of 300,000 people, but with low intensity, said an AFP correspondent. Governor Gabino Cue said on Twitter that officials have "activated the seismic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 12:45
China is managing its pollution problem with planting massive numbers of new trees. The Great Wall of Trees includes real, measurable achievements in terms of carbon uptake. China’s carbon storage is measured to have increased by 0.8 billion tonnes in the period 2003-2012. The new forest also relates to grim figures for forest decline in North America due to fires and pests, and shrinking... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:48
The devastating earthquake that toppled centuries-old temples, residences and offices in Kathmandu has put construction codes for developing cities in the spotlight. Rakhi Mazumdar reports for the Economic Times that use of earthquake-resistant steel in Kolkata and other Indian cities may have spared them from Nepal’s fate. Awareness in India about construction standards rose following the 1993... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:53
A study conducted by Michigan State University in the US and Hunan University in China suggests that electric vehicles can contribute to reducing temperatures in cities. The research showed that electric vehicles produce significantly less heat than models with internal combustion engines; electric vehicles produce only 20 per cent of the heat generated by conventionally fuelled counterparts.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:31
The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, near Kathmandu, has devastated the region and left thousands dead. Rescue and recovery efforts are still underway in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh, as many people are missing. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and many of us who are safe and far from the quake’s effects wonder how we... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:47
With drought looming in California, but in many regions of the world include Yemen, Green Prophet honors this year’s Earth Day by digging into the archives so you can share 10 ways to collect and save fresh, potable water. 1. Sea “water cone” evaporation This low-tech method of collecting fresh water in involves placing an inverted plastic “water cone” over a pan of salt water and catching the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:13
Tens of thousands of frightened Nepalese huddled in tents desperate for help Monday, two days after a quake killed more than 3,200 people, as international rescue teams with sniffer dogs raced to find survivors buried in the rubble. Teams equipped with heavy cutting gear and relief supplies were landing round the clock at the country's only international airport on the outskirts of Kathmandu,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 - 09:56
From minerals to oil and gas reserves, Africa is replete with untapped resources. But the greatest asset cities across the continent may have to drive economic prosperity is a demographic shift toward young people, Kathleen Caulderwood writes for the International Business Times. A 2015 trends report from Ernst & Young projects that by 2030, the vast majority of the world’s urbanized... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 - 11:39
The dearth of flush toilets in Mumbai’s slums is alarming and heartbreaking. An estimated 58 percent of community toilets in India are without electricity, while 78 percent lack water. That is why the solar technology that powers a community toilet in the Mumbai suburb of Santacruz is so promising, reports Carlin Carr, Mumbai Community Manager for The Santacruz site serves more than 1,... Read more