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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 09:30
Halloween isn’t over yet - today, the BBC reported that two "funeral management" officials in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have been charged with buying corpses from a graverobber in order to fulfil their local government duties.  This might require a bit of explanation. China, like many countries around the world, is running out of burial space. In a bid to encourage residents to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 09:23
A leading expert on sub-Saharan Africa worries that Nairobi has crafted an urban development vision that largely overlooks the poor. Urban Africa’s Gemma Solés interviewed Garth Myers, distinguished professor of urban international studies at Trinity College in the United States, about the Kenyan capital’s Metro 2030 plan. His toughest critique: The blueprint barely mentions slums and informal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 09:08
ICLEI, the global network for sustainable local government, together with the Wuppertal Institute, has launched the first stage of an ambitious new programme to help cities in East Asia become 100 percent renewable energy-based by 2030. Called Energy-safe Cities – East Asia, it envisions cities from China, the two Koreas, Japan, Mongolia and eastern Russia to be powered by not only renewable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 15:02
Upcycling is probably one of the internet’s favourite things. Just check out the hashtag on Twitter. If that wasn’t inspiration enough, check out this new infographic, featuring gardening ideas for shutters, ladders, and more. Source: This Big City NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 14:56
Citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system, a United Nations report issued today has warned that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. Echoing that dire warning, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that if the world maintains its “business as usual” attitude about climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:10
Later this week several major heads of state—including President Obama and Vladimir Putin—will arrive in Beijing to participate in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), to be held in the Chinese capital from November 7-12. In advance of the summit, Beijing constructed a hotel, villas, a new international convention center, and a highway linking the convention center to the city.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 10:50
Eleven cities from four East Asian countries met with internationally renowned experts in Beijing to explore how they can transform their urban energy systems to turn low-carbon, low-risk and resilient by the year 2030. The Energy-safe Cities expert symposium on 28-29 October 2014 saw the participation of Baoding, Yixing, and Zhenjiang from China; Kyoto, Tokyo, and Yokohama from Japan; Mongolia’... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 10:18
Colorado State University’s Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center (BioMARC) has been awarded $2 million to aid in the development and manufacturing of an Ebola vaccine. The grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The grant is specifically for the development and manufacturing of a vaccine to protect against infection by filoviruses. This group of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 09:48
TEDCity2.org features great talks on topics like housing education and food, and how these relate to life in the bustling metropolis. It has been described as an online haven for everyone who wants to create the city of the future. Below, you will find 8 ideas for the future of cities on TEDCity2.org. 1. Buildings can promote healing. Alan Ricks wields his architecture degree in an unusual way—... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:59
African countries have been warned of the risk of worse environmental pollution unless they adopt new technologies to improve transport systems. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday told a gathering in Nairobi that the pace of development on the continent must be supported with clean energy sources to keep the environment safe. “As economies of Africa continue to grow, we have an... Read more

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