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[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 - 10:06
With a quarter of the world’s population living in urban slums, a sustainable response to improving the living conditions of the urban poor is becoming increasingly necessary, the United Nations agency tasked with promoting environmentally and socially sustainable cities and towns said today. In a press release made available ahead of World Habitat Day, UN Habitat warned that urban poverty was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 - 09:12
The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. Once there, the first leg of their journey to warehouses and stores and cities across the country is a 20-mile stretch of roadway between the ports and downtown L.A. known as the Alameda Corridor, used almost exclusively by large trucks hauling goods between the ports and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 - 09:06
Starting January, the City of Madrid will close off 190 hectares of its central core to traffic, expanding its restricted vehicular areas to 352 hectares. Vehicles not belonging to residents within the city’s four most central barrios will be restricted to large avenues. If a vehicle enters the car-less zone, and does not have access to one of the 13 official parking lots, the owner will be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:15
At the UN Climate Summit in New York on September 23, the participants announced two initiatives for the use of and access to clean and renewable energy in Africa and small island developing states (SIDS). Moreover, the heads of state and representatives from business and civil society joined an alliance for the promotion of climate-smart agriculture.   Energy sustainability in Africa and SIDS... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:05
California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation’s first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery bags, but this is the first time a bag ban has been signed into law on the state level. The new measure is a big step forward for waste reduction and the preservation of the environment, and it sends a clear signal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 09:31
Jolting us back to earth from the exhilarating high of Climate Week was the release of a sobering report that atmospheric CO2 has reached record levels. From 2012 to 2013, atmospheric CO2 increased more than any other time since 1984. Despite the marches, business coalitions,divestment pressure and political shifting, greenhouse gas emissions have continued to climb on average 2.5 percent per... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 09:07
Old tech- in the form of hydronic heating- meets new in nearby data centers, creating ‘green heating’ in Amazon’s latest new buildings in Seattle, WA. The offices and work areas of the new Amazon buildings will be heated by utilizing the waste heat of a nearby data center, and Amazon’s not stopping there. Heat from the data center in the basement of the Westin Building across the street from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 08:52
The presence of sparkling new cities void of residents and commerce have been a significant embarrassment for China. Megha Rajagopalan reports for Reuters that Beijing plans to carefully monitor urban development projects to ensure that more new cities do not remain empty.  Under the new restrictions, urban expansion is only permissible to accommodate population growth or in response to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 19:21
Traffic fatalities are one of the world’s leading causes of preventable death and, unless urgent action is taken, will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. To combat this trend, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today a new phase of the foundation’s Global Road Safety initiative, which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes. The foundation will invite... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:37
By Jeffrey D. Sachs Sustainable development is the central drama of our time. The world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) for the period 2015-2030, following the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ran from 2000 until next year. The MDGs focus on ending extreme poverty, hunger and preventable disease. They have been the... Read more