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[News] Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
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... Read more
As UN climate talks take place in Lima, Perú, inadequate housing and public transport are contributing to climate change. Writer Claudia Murray wonders whether these issues are adequately represented within the UN climate change process.
What was a ghost town ravaged by civil war has become a shabby, bustling metropolis – but rapid urbanisation has taken a heavy toll on the Afghan capital. Congestion in Kabul is partly due to its rapidly expanding population, which has increased fourfold since 2001.
The Western Railway will be the first railway service to introduce a concept called ‘hotspot’— a geographical space marked and monitored live using CCTV cameras. The initiative, specially designed to help women commuters, requires the woman in distress to position herself at the hotspot and raise her hand to signal authorities, in a situation where there is threat to her life or dignity.
Urbanisation in Mumbai has led to the rise in ‘extreme rainfall’ instances in the city, finds a study by IIT-B professors.
China has a new weapon in its war against factories that foul urban air with dangerous particulates from smokestacks. David Lauter reports for the Los Angeles Times that environmentalists in China are using social media to shame polluters. An app for mobile devices and computers allows citizens to track in real time which plants release the most emissions. The data is culled from monitoring... Read more
T he Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) inaugurated a new project to provide health and education aid to Syrian children not residing in camps for displaced Syrians in the country. AFAD President Fuat Oktay and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres... Read more
BERLIN — The appearance of thousands of anti-immigrant marchers in Dresden has galvanized both sides of the immigration debate in Germany and reignited a discussion about national identity. Spurred on by a large influx of refugees from the Middle East, Africa and other areas of war and upheaval, growing numbers of protesters have been marching in Dresden on Mondays against what they see as the... Read more
The Hong Kong government is due to begin a second round of consultation on how the territory's leader is elected. It comes after more than two months of pro-democracy protests, which drew tens of thousands at their peak. China's government has agreed to public elections for Hong Kong's leader for the first time in 2017, but wants to maintain control over who can run. Pro-democracy legislators... Read more
Sony Corp Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai on Monday praised employees and partners of the company's Hollywood movie studio for standing up to "extortionist efforts" of hackers who attacked Sony Pictures in November. In his first public comments on the massive cyber-attack, which the U.S. government has blamed on North Korea, Hirai said current and former employees of the studio were "the... Read more
The search for AirAsia flight wreckage continued Tuesday in the Java Sea, a day after Indonesian authorities levied the first punishments stemming from the plane crash by suspending officials connected to the airline's alleged flight schedule violation. Officials have said that Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 was not authorized to fly on Sundays, as it did Dec. 28 when it went down in the Java... Read more