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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:56
A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper. The government and paper companies kicked off a "Let's stockpile toilet paper!" campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half of the supply comes from one of Japan's most earthquake-prone areas. Officials said people... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:09
At the second Raaghiri Day event , residents of Delhi came together to bring up the issue of the encroachment on pavement with increasing traffic that have left little space for people to walk on roads. Residents from welfare associations have voiced their opinion on seeking a safer infrastructure. Urban planners have also expressed that the master plan, which is soon to be amended, should... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:03
Despite being endowed with renewable energy sources – like wind, sunshine and waves – small island developing states remain heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels, a practice that the United Nations says can be reversed through durable partnerships. “SIDS are creating opportunities and examples that, if replicated worldwide, could lead the transition from fossil fuel energy to renewable and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 08:53
Story by Byron Kidd At a press conference held on August 29 Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe responded to questions regarding his vision for cycling in Tokyo in the lead up to the 2020 Olympics. His answers were interesting to say the least. In principal the Governor supports the installation of street level bicycle lanes, over sidewalk level lanes and is committed to expanding Tokyo's network of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 21:49
At a recent seminar, Anand Singh Bhal, the Economic Adviser, Ministry of Urban Development has announced that policies on 100 smart cities will include development of existing as well as creation of new towns from scratch. “Smart city is a new buzz word. It’s not possible to make 100 new smart cities as it will take 20-30 years to build. So, instead of building 100 new smart cities, a lot of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 21:25
On Friday, the United Nations reported that nearly half of Syria's population has been displaced since the start of the civil war in 2011. Half. It's the equivalent of 135 million Americans being forced to move. Three million Syrians have become refugees abroad and 6.5 million more have fled their homes for other locations within the country (a group known as "internally displaced people," or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 20:51
The lead designer of Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay, an award-winning public park in the heart of the city, doesn’t view urban green space as a luxury. Vaidehi Shah reports for Eco-Business that British architect Andrew Grant sees city parks, forests, wetlands and wildlife as necessities. “Connection with the natural world — access to green space, views of the sky, good quality air, water... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 20:46
London plans to introduce double-decker buses powered by electric-diesel engines that can be recharged wirelessly at bus stands. Transport for London announced on August 27 that four of the hybrids would be tested next year in east London. A successful pilot would make way for a wider rollout under Mayor Boris Johnson’s strategy to introduce clean-fueled public transport. A unique feature of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:25
The informal economy is often referred to as the “shadow economy,” a glaring indicator of its absence from the eyes of policymakers. As discussed on TheCityFix, street vendors are frequently ignored in surveys of jobs and economic productivity, despite their extensive connections to the formal economy. Further, the specific challenges faced by female street vendors are mostly absent from public... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 09:39
Guess which country has the most bike share programs, the number of which is rising almost exponentially? Although only a few years ago the answer may have been France, now it is China. In that country there are now over 400,000 bike share bicycles being used throughout many cities, most of them having been installed in the last two years. A rough estimation would put the number of cycles in... Read more