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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 10:45
The UK Home Secretary has announced that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has reduced the threat-level from international terrorism from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’. Announcing the change, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Today the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) changed the UK threat level from international terrorism from severe to substantial. This means that a terrorist attack is a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 08:59
Countries around the world are struggling to make their cities’ transportation systems more efficient, effective, and ultimately reduce commuters’ dependence on their cars. This is particularly true of Brazil, a country of 190 million people that is set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in 12 cities scattered throughout the country. Brazil, which is roughly the size of the continental U.S., is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:54
The new UN Women Executive Board met from the 27 to the 30th of June 2011 to consider the draft strategic plan for 2011 to 2013, which was formally adopted by the Board after several days of deliberation. Government delegations from across the world gathered to welcome and comment on the plan. Of particular interest to the Huairou Commission, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 10:43
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, UK, July 11, 2011/  Carbon neutrality is a simple concept – but one enmeshed in highly complex detail. It implies that a city should move away from using fossil fuels and reduce its waste outputs to near-zero. Several cities have started on the journey to carbon neutrality – led by the flagship urban development of Masdar city in Abu Dhabi. Some cities may eventually succeed... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 10:40
The Third African Conference on Sanitation Hygiene will draw participants from up to 50 African countries (Ministers and high-level decision makers, government officials, sector specialists and civil society organizations), international agencies and delegates from the public or private sectors, civil society, external support agencies, academia and the media. Delegates from other regions such... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:55
More than three million low-income households will receive 100 per cent compensation for the proposed carbon tax – plus an extra 20 per cent buffer, Julia Gillard, Australia's Prime Minister, revealed. The Prime Minister’s “safety net” is designed to cover unexpected costs such as higher power bills in harsh winters or one-off purchases such as electric blankets. "Australians on lower incomes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:42
Local and international actors working on slum upgrading have emphasised the importance of understanding the wide range of views of residents when working to improve the standard of living in urban areas. The comments were made at an international meeting called 'Change by Design' which was held at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi in June, and co-organised by Architecture Sans Frontieres UK (ASF-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:41
via: treehuger.com   There has been a profound change in the green movement over the last five years, the realization that solar panels on the roof and bamboo sheets on the bed are not enough; that where you live matters far more. We've seen a series of books that make this claim, including David Owen's Green Metropolis, Edward Glaeser's Triumph of the City, Ken Greenberg's Walking Home and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:27
Two Seattle-based organizations are starting an ambitious campaign urging residents to construct landscaped "rain gardens." Constructing 12,000 new rain gardens across Puget Sound neighborhoods by 2016 could soak up as much as 160 million gallons of water each year. This would help reduce the need for municipal pipe and drain systems to carry away polluted storm water. Source: Urbanicity NB:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:19
The second phase of the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative will kick off in August, 2011, it has been announced. This was at a meeting of the Regional Policy Steering Committee in Nairobi on 29th-30th June 2011. This phase covers 15 secondary towns namely: Ngozi, Muyinga, and Kayanga in Burundi; Keroka, Kericho and Isebania in Kenya; Kayanza, Nyagatare and Nyanza in Rwanda, Geita,... Read more

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