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[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 - 09:59
In Indian cities, there is no centralised repository of information available to the urban local bodies (ULBs). This means that each time a planning activity takes place, the ULB has to collect, update and sometimes re-collect data from several departments. In the absence of a centralised and standardised inventory, city planners and decision makers are not able to conduct risk and vulnerability... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 17:26
NAIROBI, Kenya — In 2009, a submarine fiber optic cable landed on the beaches of Mombassa, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of here. The president, ministers and dignitaries greeted its arrival with the same fanfare as heralded undersea telegraph lines more than a century ago. They were right to be excited. Six years later, Nairobi is bursting with technology startups like Shop Soko, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 17:18
Transitioning from emissions-intensive vehicles to bicycling and other forms of sustainable transport is a priority of China’s new Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Air Pollution.  This is the second installment of the China’s Clean Air Challenge series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series examines the increasing social, environmental, and economic impacts of serious air quality... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 17:14
Although Beijing, China has struggled in previous years to adopt strong transport demand management (TDM) strategies, the city is now looking to expand its TDM policies to combat growing car ownership.  A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 13:42
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on business leaders to expand investment in low-carbon growth and opportunities to advance sustainable energy for all and tackle climate change, in a statement to The Future of Energy Summit 2015, organized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “Energy is a story of global progress,” Mr. Ban Ki-moon said. “Smart investors are opening new... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 13:31
In 1950, fewer than 800 million people lived in urban areas. Today that number is almost 5 billion, and is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045, according to the UN World Urbanization Prospects. Urban growth—and its related challenges of poverty, climate change, resilience, and consumption—is the defining issue of our time. Global processes are underway to address these challenges. From the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:10
It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage. Almost all urban areas experience high levels of food waste—food that is fit for consumption when it reaches consumers but is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:51
Greece has launched the country's first electric-vehicle (EV) charging station powered solely with energy generated by the sun. The charging station, installed at the Technological Educational Institute of Pireaus, is fitted with photovoltaic solar panels. A full charge takes 3-4 hours and the station can accommodate both cars and motorbikes. The charging station has a very good rate of energy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:40
The United Nations, which is sheltering over 600,000 refugees from war-torn Somalia, has been ordered by Kenyan authorities to relocate the camp in three months. “We have asked the UNHCR (the U.N. Refugee Agency) to relocate the refugees in three months, failure to which we shall relocate them ourselves,” said Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto in a statement Saturday. “The way America... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:28
The scientific consensus around smoking being bad for your health is famously as solid as that which demonstrates how human activity is contributing to climate change. Now Boeing and partner South African Airways (SAA) may have found a way to tackle both problems by producing renewable jet fuel from a special type of tobacco plant. The two companies have teamed up for a pilot project that has... Read more