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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:41
On the evening of October 29, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City, water began rising around Con Edison’s 13th Street substation in Manhattan. The substation, located in a flood zone, had been designed to withstand water up to 12.5 feet, but Sandy brought a 14-foot surge. The transformer blew and lower Manhattan went dark. More neighborhoods followed, disconnected as a precaution... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:57
China is scheduled to restrict or prohibit heavy polluting vehicles by the end of June 2015 in major cities, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) on Thursday. The vehicles to be cleaned off the road include "yellow label cars"-- gasoline cars that fall below National I emission standard and diesel vehicles below the National III emission standard -- and older vehicles,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:31
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told what is thought to be the largest ever march in the United States demanding measures to halt the advance of global climate change, that there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.” Speaking to journalists after walking with an estimated 300,000 demonstrators on the People's Climate March through New York City on Sunday he said the world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:45
Atikokan Generation Station in northwestern Ontario is now North America's largest 100-percent biomass-fueled power plant generating renewable, peak capacity power. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced that the conversion has been successfully been completed. The station stopped using coal in September 2012 and underwent a US$ 170 million conversion. The Atikokan biomass conversion project... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 09:48
Audi has a lot to celebrate as it has just announced that it is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California. A range of new autonomous vehicle laws have gone into effect in California, which requires a surety bond of at least $5 million per vehicle to qualify. Audi says that it is absolutely crucial to have received the permit for the Audi Piloted Driving testing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:39
Although it may sound like something from a Hollywood science fiction movie, engineers at a prominent Japanese construction company are serious about building the world’s first working space elevator. Obayashi is considered one of the world's leading construction companies, with notable projects including the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, the Dubai Metro Project, the high-speed railway in Taiwan... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:20
As Jakarta’s Car Free Day (CFD), which closes off the capital’s main roads in Central Jakarta to vehicles on Sunday mornings, grows more popular, not only are hordes of Jakartans flocking to the streets but so are a long line of commercial brands. Tens of thousands of residents from across the capital come to the center of the city on Sunday mornings to jog, bike, walk their dogs or simply to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 13:33
Flickr photos from the album GPEM Photo Competition 2013 by UN-HABITAT Photo Gallery Bike polo © Peter Walters2 años hace por UN-HABITAT Photo GalleryYour problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach. - Earl Nightingale ©Glenn Althor1 año hace por UN-HABITAT Photo GalleryWhite Tyres ©Brook Konia1 año hace por UN-HABITAT Photo... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:28
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has launched an ambitious recovery plan for Gaza following the 50-day devastating war between Hamas and Israel which has left the coastal territory decimated. However, the successful implementation of this plan requires enormous international funding as well as a long-term ceasefire to enable the lifting of the joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:32
Everyone knows NASA put a man on the moon – but did you know that the agency’s R&D has also led to the invention of water filters, memory foam, and the computer mouse? This great new infographic from Great Business Schools highlights just a few of the 1,800 world-changing developments that have been spun out of NASA technology – including cellphone cameras, smoke detectors, life rafts, and... Read more