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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:18
In the future, drivers caught in congestion or entangled in fender benders will look to a higher power for relief — the nearest streetlight. Adele Peters reports for Fast Company thatGE plans to launch tests in large U. S. cities of high-tech streetlights that communicate with cars and municipal agencies. The lights use wireless sensors to gather and relay information to each passing vehicle’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 14:47
As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today. In his message marking the 2015 edition of World Water Day, observed annually on 22 March, the Secretary-General warned that access to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:36
Philips is introducing a new line of solar powered LED lights for use in Africa.  The lights were developed by the Nairobi based Philips Africa Innovation Hub, which is a center for developing innovations ‘in Africa-for Africa’.  Philips LifeLight is a new range of 100% energy-efficient solar-powered LED lighting that makes ordinary activities, such as studying or working in the evening, safer... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:28
Tiny Costa Rica has done something really big: It's managed to meet 100 percent of its power needs with renewable energy for 75 consecutive days, and it's doing this by using hydropower and geothermal energy, the state-owned Electricity Institute said. Of course, the country was off to a good start due to plentiful rains at four of its main hydroelectric plants, the Instituto Costarricense de... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:05
One year ago, Paris had to put emergency traffic measures into affect because of spiking air pollution in the capital city. Starting on Monday, only cars with odd-numbered plates will be allowed into the city, as Paris again fights the choking smog. Beginning Monday, cars with even-numbered plates will be banned from driving into the city of Paris. Public transportation will also be free at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:30
Dubai already boasts the world’s tallest skyscraper, a seven-star luxury hotel and an indoor ski resort, among other glitzy attractions. Yet even by this city’s daring architectural standards, the plan for a “rainforest” marks “a new zenith in outrageous investment,” Laurie Balbo reports for Green Prophet. While the goal is to replicate the flora and fauna found in actual rainforests, local... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:23
PUNE, India — Over the past five years, the Yerwada slum area on the outskirts of Pune has gone through a remarkable transformation. Where once there was an unplanned maze of narrow alleys, now there are spacious inner lanes. Ramshackle homes made of bamboo sticks and asbestos sheets have been replaced by sturdier structures made of brick and mortar. Yerwada is still a noisy, busy place, but... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:15
Rising sea levels in the Indus delta and along Pakistan’s coastlines could submerge three major cities in Sindh in less than five decades, warns chief of Pakistan’s National Institute of Oceanography Karachi has long had a reputation as a congested, gritty port city. But the future of this city and more than 20 million people could be underwater if current erosion patterns in the Indus delta ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:15
With a metropolitan population of more than 21 million people—and growing quickly—Mexico City faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or to meet the mobility needs of different communities, the city has had to innovate throughout its history to help residents move safely and efficiently. Today, Mexico City is stepping... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:09
Walking and cycling may be the two most basic modes of transport, but they may also be the most promising for a sustainable future. In a car-filled world, it’s the people who use their own two feet or two wheels that are making efficient use of space in crowded cities while creating health and environmental benefits for themselves and others. Yet in a forthcoming international agreement that... Read more