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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 02:44
Cape Town has earned a high ranking in an African Green City Index released by Siemens. Back in 2014, the Mother City was recognised as the ‘Global Earth Hour Capital 2014’, following the WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge. “Cape Town stood out as a role model for the global South with a showcase of green programmes and actions other cities can replicate,” as per the Earth Hour website. “Cape Town... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 20:51
Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN)At least 37 people died after a passenger ferry capsized in Bangladesh, and the death toll could rise, officials said Sunday. The boat was packed with at least 100 people when it overturned on the Padma River in the Manikganj district north of the capital, Dhaka, local police Chief Bidhan Tripura said. The double-decker ferry sank after it was hit by a cargo vessel... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 15:54
Driving a car is often the easiest, most straightforward mobility option for many urban residents. There are a laundry list of reasons people just can’t seem to live without cars in cities: because they don’t feel that public transport or bicycling are safe, comfortable, or convenient; because infrastructure for biking or walking isn’t adequate; because the quality of public transport service is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 15:21
If you live in Frankfurt, you’ve got a reason to be cheerful. Germany’s fifth largest city was this week crowned number one in the ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index. The inaugural study ranks 50 cities from 31 countries based on their social, economic and environmental impacts (or "people, planet, profit," as the study likes to put it). Frankfurt—widely recognized as a major international... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 15:12
The plummeting oil price might not have a major impact on the renewables energy industry this year, but green businesses should be prepared for a long and dangerous battle with the fossil fuel industry over the long term. That is the stark warning from Peder Holk Nielsen, chief executive and president of Novozymes, the Danish biotech giant that specializes in developing enzymes for use in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 14:22
Could “printable” cars be the future of urban transportation? Steve Dent reports for Engadget that engineering students at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore used a 3D printer to create a solar-powered vehicle designed for short city commutes. The NTU Venture 8, or NV8, will be raced in the “urban concept” category at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 event in Manila from February 26... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:01
The main impacts of climate change are being felt by poor families, which means that poor women and men must be at the centre of the climate change finance debate, say Paul Steele and Neha Rai from the International Institute for Environment and Development. The existing debate about climate finance tends to start from the wrong end. Most of the attention has been focused at the international... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:55
Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore are Asia's big winners in a new global Sustainable Cities Index which rates the performance of cities worldwide on the triple bottom line indicators – people, planet and profit. Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong are among the world’s 10 most environmentally and economically sustainable cities. The cities came in 10th, 7th and 8th respectively, according to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:52
Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal. After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn't make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn't just the smog or the traffic deaths; in a city, cars aren't even a convenient way to get around. Traffic in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:43
In cities the world over, transit – the profoundly important circulatory system for urban life – is poorly supported, planned and regulated. This is especially true where the transit system has many "informal" aspects. In such cases – and there are many across Africa, Asia and Latin America – even basic information is unavailable. Navigating and understanding these public transport systems as a... Read more