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[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:39
Although it may sound like something from a Hollywood science fiction movie, engineers at a prominent Japanese construction company are serious about building the world’s first working space elevator. Obayashi is considered one of the world's leading construction companies, with notable projects including the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, the Dubai Metro Project, the high-speed railway in Taiwan... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:20
As Jakarta’s Car Free Day (CFD), which closes off the capital’s main roads in Central Jakarta to vehicles on Sunday mornings, grows more popular, not only are hordes of Jakartans flocking to the streets but so are a long line of commercial brands. Tens of thousands of residents from across the capital come to the center of the city on Sunday mornings to jog, bike, walk their dogs or simply to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 13:33
Flickr photos from the album GPEM Photo Competition 2013 by UN-HABITAT Photo Gallery Bike polo © Peter Walters2 años hace por UN-HABITAT Photo GalleryYour problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach. - Earl Nightingale ©Glenn Althor1 año hace por UN-HABITAT Photo GalleryWhite Tyres ©Brook Konia1 año hace por UN-HABITAT Photo... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:28
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has launched an ambitious recovery plan for Gaza following the 50-day devastating war between Hamas and Israel which has left the coastal territory decimated. However, the successful implementation of this plan requires enormous international funding as well as a long-term ceasefire to enable the lifting of the joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:32
Everyone knows NASA put a man on the moon – but did you know that the agency’s R&D has also led to the invention of water filters, memory foam, and the computer mouse? This great new infographic from Great Business Schools highlights just a few of the 1,800 world-changing developments that have been spun out of NASA technology – including cellphone cameras, smoke detectors, life rafts, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:29
With more and more commuters turning to bicycles in cities across the world, bike parking has become a critical component in any forward-looking urban planning discussions. Over in Japan, however, one company has come up with a solution that can accommodate hundreds of cyclists without taking up much space or creating an army of urban eyesores/sidewalk hogs made up of bright blue Citi/Divvy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:48
The United Nations warned on Thursday the World Food Program (WFP) will be forced to cut food rations to more than six million Syrians after next month because the program is running out of money. John Ging, head of operations for the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said during an interview that the "break in the pipeline" means the prospect of greater hunger as the fourth... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:17
No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization. Cities contribute about 70% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite only accounting for 2% of global land area. Reducing this environmental impact may seem daunting, but a new report, Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that there are several actions city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:06
A new United Nations-backed report launched today reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events – almost three times more than by conflict in the same year. The report, Global Estimates 2014: people displaced by disasters, conducted by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:50
Lovers arrive in Delhi under the cover of night. The journey from rural areas is risky: love, after all, is not the basis of India’s marriage system, and dishonored families punish couples who have defied the order. Their sons and daughters have chosen the unthinkable: to marry outside their caste or religion. Only about 10 percent dare to defy these rules. In fact, khap panchayats (unofficial... Read more