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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:20
The city of São Paulo has won the 2014 Enterprising City/State MobiPrize following its support of user information and public participation platforms to advance sustainable transport solutions. MobiPrize was launched in 2012 by the University of Michigan SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) initiative to honor entrepreneurs and governments that support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:14
China’s increasing overall wealth makes it unlikely that the country’s growth in car ownership will stop any time soon. However, severe air pollution and traffic congestion have led several large Chinese cities to take action to stem the rising tide of private cars. For example, six Chinese cities – including Beijing– have implemented license plate control policies. Other transport demand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:06
On 20 August Indian revised its duty-free market access scheme for least developed countries (LDCs) in order to increase trade with the African region. "In order to expand trade with Africa, India had recently amended its Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) scheme to cover around 98 per cent of the tariff lines," said, Indian Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher. At the 2005 Hong Kong Ministerial... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:52
Architects from across the world unanimously adopted the 2050 Imperative, which commits them to 100 percent net-zero energy design and construction by that year. Members of the International Union of Architects signed the document at last week's annual World Congress. Member organizations represent over 1.3 million architects in 124 countries. This is the first time in the organization's 65-year... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:37
The World Health Organisation has released a new updated tool that helps make an economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling. The Health Economic Assessment Tool, or HEAT, can be used when planning new infrastructure for cyclists or pedestrians, and provides valuable information for related economic and health impact assessments. The tool can also help make the case for more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:38
Guide books to Chengdu always mention the tea house culture. The famous teahouses provide a backdrop to a visit to an operetta, a trip to get your ears cleaned, or simply a midday break for a cup of good green tea. But such teahouses aren’t merely a quaint place to cool your heels. For locals, they perform a vital function: keeping Chengdu’s identity alive amid the galloping pace of change. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:34
As Cambodia’s economy has boomed over the last decade, the broad French-built boulevards and leafy backstreets of Phnom Penh have become bottlenecks, with giantSUVs parked two- or three- deep, clogging the roads. At peak hour, the center of town turns into a Hobbesian crush of all against all, a gridlock of motorbikes, cars, bicycles and hulking SUVs, each giving no quarter and ceding no... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:15
If you love turning heads when you take a ride around town, then the Ryno electric unicycle is probably for you. Designer Chris Hoffmann had his eyes set on the Segway crowd when he started work on the Ryno, and he has come up with quite the interesting looking one-wheeled auto. The cost for a pre-production Ryno is a whopping $25,000 and Hoffmann already has five orders, but he expects the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:05
If you’re a jet-setter who feels that air travel has lost some of its luster, then put your seat back in its upright position and get ready for a thrilling ride. Aerospace company Airbus has just announced that in the future, their planes will not only mimic the flight efficiency of a bird’s skeleton, but that the cabin walls will also be see-through! Although the new design may alarm those with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 09:57
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  It is a green building certification program that requires a third-party to review, judge, and certify a project as meeting certain mandatory requirements and reaching a certain level of “greenness.” There are several LEED rating systems available for different types of projects.  They include: Building Design & Construction (BD... Read more