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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 12:18
In the context of the launching of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that seeks to contribute to the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. The CBD Strategic Plan contains twenty targets designed to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 10:47
With 1.8 billion people predicted to live in areas of extreme water scarcity by 2025, desalination—the removal of salt from water—is increasingly being proposed as a solution. But before desalination can make a real difference solving in the looming water crisis, officials and experts need to commit to overcoming obstacles that make the process expensive and inefficient, a new paper argues.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:30
RE:NEW is a pan-London scheme designed to make it easier for all householders to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and, as a result, make homes warmer, cut fuel bills and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions across London. The scheme applies to all types of homes across London, including owner occupied, privately rented and social housing. It is a whole-house approach that aims to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:21
As Singapore's population booms, officials are working through plans to help the city absorb its people but also provide them with adequate green space. "In Singapore’s next “green road map,” its 10-year development plan, the country aims to go from being “a garden city” to “a city in a garden.” “The difference might sound very small,” says Poon Hong Yuen, the chief executive of the country’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:11
Cities across the country are breathing new life into abandoned and disused inner city rail lines. Following on the success of the High Line in New York City, other cities are looking at underused inner city rail lines as opportunities. "Cities around the country, including Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis, are working up plans to renovate their aging railroad trestles, tracks and railways... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:01
Now in its third year, the Urban Youth Fund established by UN-HABITAT with funding from the Government of Norway has supported several thousand young people across the world to improve their lives and their urban communities. UN-HABITAT recognizes the rapidly growing youth population in cities of the developing world as potential partners in sustainable urban development. "So many of us are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 11:15
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a change to local rules that would allow urban gardens to expand and sell produce within the city. Proponents argue that the city's estimated 14,000 empty lots could serve as mini farms. "The new ordinance would expand limits on community garden plot size to 25,000 square feet (about half an acre), allow limited produce sales in residentially zoned areas,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 11:10
Sometimes the public expects government to see the future. Good decisions are to be expected while bad decisions — judged with the benefit of hindsight — are derided. Some help is on the way! IBM is betting that software can give cities a better look into their future. The company has unveiled new software designed to help decision-makers forecast the consequences of actions that affect citizens... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 11:05
Cities with high populations of older adults are beginning to alter their programs and street signs to make it easier to respond to senior citizens' needs. "Ahead of a federal mandate that will kick in in 2012, Aiken has begun installing oversize street signs downtown and on major thoroughfares; they have increased reflectivity as well, designed to help older drivers who may not see as well as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:57
People looking for the latest in twisting, gravity-defying architecture might start with the international cities of the Middle East or China, but you wouldn’t expect them to look here, in the suburbs outside Toronto. But the first residents are moving into an extremely curvaceous, 56-story condominium tower in Mississauga, a city of about 738,000 people. The skyscraper, called the “Marilyn... Read more