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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:04
India’s capital, New Delhi has become the first ‘kerosene-free city’ in India. Under the ‘Delhi: A Kerosene-Free City Scheme, 2012′ scheme, no subsidised kerosene is being issued in the national capital, allowing the country to save upto Rs. 200 crores per year. The programme was launched in 2012 in collaboration with three oil marketing companies and union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:54
Whether you are working with a patio or balcony plot, or have a little more space to spare, this infographic has advice for you. Scroll down for the especially interesting ‘companion planting’ section, teaching you everything you need to know about complementary planting. Happy reading! Source: This Big City NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:47
According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global status report on road safety 2013, only 7% of the world’s population is governed by comprehensive road safety laws. In a world that already sees1.24 million deaths from traffic crashes each year and increasing motor vehicle usage, this is a frightening prospect and limits our thinking on traffic safety to driver behavior. Countries like... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:37
The results of a LED street lighting pilot in the city of Kolkata, India, have been collected, revealing such compelling energy savings that the local government has decided to make the switch to low carbon lighting across the city.  India's Kolktata Municipal Corporation has an ambitious plan to replace 300,000 existing street lights in its jurisdiction with LED street lights, based on the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:30
Investing in bicycle infrastructure is good for people and cities For urban cycling advocates, investing in bicycle infrastructure can help undo the damage of decades of bad decisions, which have left too many places with a car-centric transportation system. The thinking — which was perfectly expressed by Copenhagen bicycle ambassador Mikael Colville-Anderson during his recent TED talk — is: “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:13
Adorable EV alert! With its unique three wheel design and compact footprint, Toyota’s i-ROAD electric vehicle represents the future of personal transport. And now drivers in Grenoble, France will have a chance to drive one this fall when Toyota plans to test its real world capability as part of a new car sharing program called “Smart City.” In October, Toyota is going to add 70 Toyota i-ROAD and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 09:57
The United States and 13 other World Trade Organization members will discuss the possible easing of tariffs on environmental goods under a new negotiating track launching tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.S. trade representative announced plans early this year to pursue lower tariffs for goods like renewable energy components and advanced battery technology under President Obama’s 2013... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 09:51
Škoda’s electric Perun model completed its tour in Plzeň, the fourth-largest city in the Czech Republic, as a demonstration of the possibilities of electric public transport. A number of cities across the Czech Republic had the opportunity to test out the new bus, including Brno, Olomouc, Opava and Zlín, all in the east of the country. The bus will soon be travelling to Kraków in Poland to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 09:31
Luxurious hotels and million-dollar apartments are transforming parts of Istanbul in a makeover that lures wealthy investors and jet-setting travelers. David Lepeska reports in the Guardian Cities that many locals complain that the urban renovation offers little for them. Where developers and city planners see revitalization, critics see projects that cater to the privileged.  Fewer parks and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:30
Kolkata is set to have its own version of the giant ferris wheel, the ‘Kolkata Eye’ as modelled on the ‘London Eye’. This structure provides a panoramic view of the city from a height of 120 metres. According to the Urban Development Ministry, this will be built at Millennium Park on River Hooghly bank. This is expected to be a special attraction for the tourists. The Rs. 300 crore project would... Read more