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[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 - 09:16
Scientists have developed a new generation of powerful solar cells based on polymers. The cells can be produced on a large scale and at a relatively low cost. The scientists who developed the cells found that temperature-controlled aggregation in a family of new semiconducting polymers is the answer to creating highly efficient organic solar cells. A polymer solar cell is a type of flexible... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 - 08:59
A study from Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice released this week has found Baltimore to be one of the world's most violent cities. The council viewed data from cities around the world. Baltimore, in Maryland, is ranked as the world's 36th most violent city. CBS News reports it has 38 homicides per every 100,000 persons living there. But wait - Baltimore is not... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:07
South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, has agreed to host the second Eco-Mobility World Festival next autumn and create a temporary car-free district to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable urban mobility. During the month-long festival in October 2015, organised in partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Johannesburg will encourage residents in Sandton, one of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 10:57
The Great American Ebola furor of 2014 was more or less declared over with Dr.Craig Spencer's release from a New York hospital yesterday. This happy moment followed Monday's conclusion of the 21-day monitoring period for Kaci Hickox, the nurse and Maine resident who was once quarantined against her will, ending the idea that anyone currently in America is infectious. Remarkably, the Drudge... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 10:19
Do you know the real cost of a steak? We’re not talking about the dollars that people shell out to buy one, but rather the environmental cost of creating it? From the water and grain needed to feed livestock to the emissions created by huge herds of cattle, farming animals has a massive negative impact on the environment as a whole. Desertification, soil erosion, contaminated groundwater, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 10:08
Residential and commercial buildings consume 40% of all the energy used in the United States every year; so it makes sense that we should strive to cut that usage as much as possible. TheNet Zero concept promotes structures that create as much energy as they consume, usually through the use of solar energy panels or wind driven generators. They also focus on reducing the amount of heat that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 09:38
China’s cities have mushroomed in recent years by devouring vast tracts of agricultural land for development. Mandy Zuo reports for the South China Morning Post that Chinese officials want cities to lose their appetites for farms. Cropland that totals half the size of Germany was lost to urbanization from 1996 to 2009, according to a national land survey, the article says. The ministries of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:12
Next week technology experts from The Climate Group will share exclusive insights from a series of LED lighting consultations we've had with leading cities around the world, at the biggest city manager event in the US - Congress of Cities. Lighting currently accounts for nearly 6% of global CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, so there is a clear opportunity for us to make a huge dent in emissions if... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 09:23
As cycling becomes an ever more popular mode of transport in London, Peter Murray – chairman of New London Architecture (NLA) and the London Society - considers how integrated cycle infrastructure can benefit cities across the world, and how in particular cycling might be better integrated in London’s urban fabric. As Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) face mounting pressure to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:00
CNN recently described Cape Town, South Africa as being in the midst of a “vegoultion,” with hundreds of new community gardens and urban farms popping up throughout the city in recent years. The city’s “Green Clusters” are helping to improve the local environment while providing importantsocial benefits and helping local residents eat healthy. Cities worldwide are challenged to create welcoming... Read more