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[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 - 09:32
There’s a healthy dose of irony to San Diego’s water shortage. After all, the southern California city straddles the massive Pacific Ocean. Now, San Diego is prepared to tap into that resource, Justin Gillis reports for the New York Times. San Diego is ready to become California’s first major metropolis to use desalination.  A $1 billion desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 21:11
The city of Zurich ranks first among 23 major European cities for its efforts to fight air pollution, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) said on Tuesday.   The bureau hailed Switzerland’s largest city for its commitment to cut pollution from vehicles, its promotion of cleaner forms of transport and for its low levels of pollution. The “Sootfree Cities” ranking put Zurich ahead of Copenhagen... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 - 10:35
Rising sea levels don’t distinguish between wealthy and poor cities. Nevertheless, Paul Brownreports for the Climate News Network that sea-level rise poses the greatest threat to developing cities because they have the fewest resources to protect themselves. New scientific analysis of satellite data indicates that sea levels are increasing 3.1 millimeters (.12 inches) per year, faster than... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 22:46
Kénitra – King Mohammed VI launched, Tuesday in Kenitra (40km north of Rabat), the strategic plan for the integrated and sustainable development of the province (2015-2020), with a budget of nearly MAD 8.4 billion. Ms. Zineb El Adaoui, Wali of Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen region, governor of the province of Kenitra delivered an address before the King in which she highlighted the broad outlines of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 22:43
Cairo, like many cities, is deeply wounded by fragmentation and heterogeneity. It is a complex city with a broken public realm. And while policymakers use lack of money as an excuse for not making substantial improvements, money has no relation with innovation and creativity. Inexpensive, short-term actions can give people the confidence that something is taking place.  Imagine a city as an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:43
In 2002, Brazil produced 60,000 metric tons of waste per day, 76 percent of which was disposed of in landfills with no long-term management or water treatment. In response to growing challenges with waste production and trash dumping, the country passed the Política Nacional de Resíduos Sólidos(PNRS) in 2010, which aims to make integrated waste management a national priority. The PNRS provides... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:43
A new tram line is being planned in Rome that will connect services operating on either side of the city and give tourists a way to see historic buildings such as the Colosseum and the Forum from public transport. The process of finalising the route of the planned tram is currently being carried out and is expected to be completed before the summer. The tram will run from Via Labicana through... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:06
Vive la France!  The country recently passed legislation that requires rooftops on all new commercial buildings to be at least partly covered with solar panels or rooftop gardens. French environmental activists had sought to mandate full green roof coverage for all new buildings, but the new law allows commercial owners the option to install roof-mounted solar panels to generate distributed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:00
Seawater collected at a dock in Ucluelet, a town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia on February 19, 2015 has tested positive for cesium-134 and cesium-137. Only trace amounts of cesium-137 and cesium-134 (radioactive isotopes) were found in the seawater collected off the British Columbia dock on Vancouver Island, but the results of the findings are significant says Ken... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:48
A power outage swept the Washington area, hitting the White House, the Capitol and the State Department and knocking out electricity for thousands around the US capital. Outages stretched from downtown Washington into neighboring Maryland, knocking power out for more than 2,500 people, according to area power companies. Most outages were brief, but computer systems were downtown offices and... Read more