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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:21
Cities worldwide face the pressing challenge of growing motorcycle fleets and remarkable increases in related traffic fatalities. With streets ill-prepared and motor-bikes whizzing in every direction, the scene might best be described as urban transport anarchy. The problem is especially grim in low- and middle-income countries, and poses a major challenge to meeting the goals of the United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:14
Pay phones are dead in New York City. Well, that's not entirely true—three (just three) will be maintained in their current form. The rest are in the process of being reborn. They're going to look like giant iPhones (pictured above) standing reassuringly on street corners. Befitting their futuristic new form, they will be called "links". Yesterday, the city's Department of Information Technology... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:43
People with sight loss have a difficult time getting around. Next City reports that some of them wander about, asking people for directions, which can be uncomfortable. This is where Cities Unlocked comes in. This system makes use of GPS, a 3D audio headset, and Bluetooth beacons to aid blind people in navigating cities. A test was carried out by Jennifer Bottom, who is visually impaired as she... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:59
According to research and consulting company GlobalData, in 2018 Brazil will overtake the US as the world’s leader in terms of biopower capacity. In 2013, Brazil had 11.5 GW and the US had 15.4 GW of installed bioenergy capacity. In 2018 these will have risen to 17.1 GW for Brazil and 16.5 GW for the US market, according to GlobalData.  This is due to Brazil’s increasing pace of capacity... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:26
In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change. At the G20 summit in Australia, the United States pledged 3 billion dollars and Japan pledged 1.5 billion dollars to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), bringing total donations up to 7.5 billion so far. The GCF, established through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will distribute... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 08:35
Sometimes it takes an outsider to help city leaders see a fresh perspective. The West Australian reports that international planning consultant Brent Toderian bristled at Perth’s obsession with cars during his first visit to the city this month. He should know. As Vancouver’s chief planner from 2006 to 2012, Toderian oversaw a design strategy that deemphasized roads and automobiles. The Canadian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 14:03
Early Sunday morning in The Bronx, 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok and his wife entered the 167 St. subway station in order to head to Manhattan's Chinatown for breakfast. They never made it. An unknown assailant shoved the couple in front of an oncoming southbound D train. Kwok was killed. His wife, who survived uninjured, was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. Police are still investigating... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:05
By Séverine Deneuvlin & Ray Maconachie (University of Bath) for The Conversation Séverine Deneuvlin and Roy Maconachie look at gated communities in the context of Buenos Aires. They show that gated communities in the Argentine capital reflect crime fears in a nation where 86% reported feelings of insecurity. The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has focused attention on gated communities in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:26
Jakarta, Indonesia, with a population already over 10 million, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. It's also one of the fastest-sinking cities. Every year, the ground subsides by as much as six inches in some neighborhoods. At that rate, as sea levels rise, northern Jakarta could be a few meters underwater by 2030. In response, the city is embarking on one of the world's biggest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:58
When deciding between modes of transport, travelers consider several variables, typically including convenience, cost, time, reliability, and comfort. Another consideration – which is particularly importantfor women – is perceived safety. No one prefers public transport if it requires walking far from home on a dark, deserted road, even if there is a low crime rate in the area. Instinctually,... Read more