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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:48
Like bike riders the world over, cyclists in Porto Alegre know that the last Friday of every month is Critical Mass. But in February 2011, the rolling circus protesting for the right to ride in peace turned tragic when an irate driver crashed into the crowd. Thirty people were injured, many severely, in an event that shook the cycling community to its core. Lívia Araújo, a journalist, was riding... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:36
We're not crazy about incinerators. But if we sent our waste there instead of to landfills, the U.S. could get 12 percent of its electricity from waste and heat tens of millions of homes and businesses, according to Columbia University's Earth Engineering Center.  In addition, it would keep 123 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year, and would reduce the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:25
The 10th annual Sustainable Transport Award, which recognises profound leadership, vision, and achievement in sustainable transportation and urban livability, is now open for nominations. Established in 2005, the award each year recognises a city that has implemented innovative sustainable transportation projects the year before. These projects make cities more livable by reducing pollution,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:21
The UK government recently announced that starting next year, in January, driverless cars will be allowed on public roads. According to BBC, the government also invited cities to host one of the three trials, which will also start sometime at the beginning of next year. A review of the UK's road regulations have also been ordered by ministers, as this will help to provide appropriate guidelines... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:16
A solar rooftop policy mastered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat during his tenure as Chief Minister is set to be replicated across the country, starting with the national capital Delhi. The aggressive expansion of this solar power program may help bridge the energy access gap and fulfill the government pledge to provide 24/7 electricity to all consumers. The New Delhi Municipal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:09
Just 200 years ago, a few percent of the world’s population had moved into cities. Today, around 50% of the 7 plus billion people on this planet have done so, and this number will almost certainly increase to around 80% by 2050. The underlying causes of this mass urbanization are less important today than deciding how we, as a species, will deal with the enormous environmental strain moving... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:46
Taiwan has completed construction on an incredible solar-powered stadium that will generate 100% of its electricity from photovoltaic technology! Designed by Toyo Ito, the dragon-shaped 50,000 seat arena is clad in 8,844 solar panels that illuminate the track and field with 3,300 lux. Building a new stadium is always a massive undertaking that requires millions of dollars, substantial physical... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:30
On any given day in the United States, about half a million people are without power for two or more hours. Once hailed by the National Academy of Engineering as the most influential engineering innovation of the 20th century, the North American power grid operates with technology primarily from the 1960s and ’70s. In recent decades the number and frequency of weather-related major outages have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:03
At 28, Nesma is the principal provider for her children and husband, who is living with a disability. Like many others in Egypt, her family is struggling for food, shelter and education due to the challenging economic situation. So when Nesma heard about the Citizenship Initiative, a project aimed at issuing two million national ID cards for Egyptian women, she made sure she was among the first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 08:55
Cape Town is celebrating its new found honour as the World Design Capital 2014 but asRoman Rollnick observes from his recent visit, the city has a long way to go in bridging the urban divide between its residents Cape Town beat off the competition from Bilbao and Dublin to be named the World Design Capital for 2014 and its city’s business, community and political leadership are to be commended... Read more