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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:36
Narendra Modi, India's Prime Minister, couldn't be accused of a lack of diversity in his pet projects. Since coming to power in May, he's signed off on a £700m smart cities proposal; and he's spearheaded a campaign to build millions of new public toilets. Now, in the northern state of Gujarat, he's planning to build the world's largest statue. The monument, known as the Statue of Unity, will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:22
One of the world’s most polluted cities is proving to be a trailblazer on renewable energy. According to the World Bank, Beijing is installing solar panels on the roofs of 800 primary and middle schools. The “Sunshine Schools” initiative, the largest of its kind in China, is expected to generate a total of 100 megawatts of power. Beyond helping educational institutions meet their electricity... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:20
Disaster risk reduction approaches must recognize why people live with risks and how their behaviour and attitudes related to culture affect their exposure and sensitivity to hazards, a new United Nations-backed report out today warns. The 2014 World Disasters Report, published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), explores the question of how culture... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:54
If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that you may be more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year – equivalent to over three thousand Boeing 747 aircraft crashes, making it the ninth leading cause of death in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:12
Even in experimental laboratory settings and while wearing full hazmat suits, recent events have shown that it is still possible for workers to contract the Ebola virus through workplace accidents. INHABITAT seeks to find out where the flaws in the current protective measures are. A high number of healthcare workers in the field in West Africa are being contaminated, despite knowing exactly what... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:17
Spending time in traffic or re-fuelling a car increases the exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, a Swedish study has found. The research by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency involved surveys of 40 people in five Swedish cities taken in five-year intervals since 2000. Participants were asked to wear air-quality measuring devices which recorded their exposure to nitrogen dioxide,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:04
In a Brazilian neighborhood plagued by blackouts, panels under the turf of a neighborhood soccer field, fueled by players running over them, provide electricity to light the field and the surrounding homes.  A typical soccer player can run up to seven miles during a football game.  Most of the players in this neighborhood are local children, poor, who formed a very attentive audience while the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 09:50
A British design team has created an amphibious house that floats during times of flooding. The home can float over 9 feet high on its own, well above the predicted flood levels and projected flood levels in the area. Baca Architects, specialists in waterfront architecture and flood-resilient aquatecture, have almost completed a home on the River Thames for a private client that is designed to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 09:35
Electricity grids, despite (and because of) our heavy reliance on them, are massively inefficient. They're designed to cope with heavy power usage in winter months and during the day, and adapt to our low power usage in the summer and at night. That means that most of the time, we’re only using a fraction of the grid’s capacity, but occasionally, we risk over-straining it. One solution comes in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 09:15
Which city will be named Europe’s green capital for 2017? The winner will join Copenhagen (2014); Bristol, England (2015) and Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital (2016), as recipients of the prestigious award.  The competition, now in its eighth year, recognizes cities for a variety of eco-friendly accomplishments, the European Commission explains. Examples include climate-change mitigation and... Read more