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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 - 08:59
European Green Capital 2012 Vitoria-Gasteiz' (Spain) plan to revitalise its historic centre is on the right track, with the introduction of an innovative solution to bicycle parking by setting up facilities in refurbished basements. The first of its kind in Spain, the initiative was developed by ARICH, the agency for the integral revitalisation of the city in response to the increase in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 - 08:44
By Joshua Zumbrun and Steve Matthews - Feb 10, 2012  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the central bank’s efforts to spur economic growth are being blunted by impediments to mortgage lending, and he called for further steps to heal the housing market. “We have helped lower mortgage rates to the lowest point in many, many decades,” Bernanke told homebuilders today in Orlando, Florida... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 16:41
Why wear "regular" shirt when you can give a gift that's not only Nice, but makes a difference? A big difference.  This Valentine's Day we're partnering once more with Color plus (+), to bring you the finest t-shirt straight from Africa, while supporting the our mission.Our T-shirt will warm your special someone's heart and their story will warm yours.  Price: N2,500 (delievry inclusive within... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 10:19
The 12th Bureau Members of the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) are seeking the establishment of a permanent secretariat to be hosted by Kenya. The request was made at a two-day meeting here earlier this month hosted by Morocco’s Minister of Housing, Urbanisation and Territorial Planning. Officials said that they also discussed a draft constitution and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 16:35
WINDOW ROCK-In the vast 27,425 square mile expanse of the Navajo Nation, infrastructure development is perhaps the greatest challenge families face when it comes to improving their quality of life. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has utilized funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address these needs head-on with the development of electrical power... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 09:27
Between 50,000 and 150,000 lives could be saved due to reduced air pollution if the countries of the European neighbourhood adopted EU environment legislation, with other benefits worth up to €21 billion a year. The figures come as a result of an international study carried out by the European Commission, which examined the socio-economic benefits of enhanced environmental protection in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 09:03
Local authorities and representatives of government met in ICLEI member city Montpellier (France) from 17-19 January to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 in the Mediterranean region. Eighteen countries from the Mediterranean region, including representatives of 15 cities, as well as three mayors, gathered at the first subregional workshop on capacity-building on strategies... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 08:49
Transport planners from Technical University Berlin conducted a survey about people’s expectations of usage and suitability for daily use of electric cars. Unlike the approach taken in other surveys, the researchers divided common acceptance of electric mobility and willingness to change personal mobility behaviour. In a spot test the researchers surveyed 36 participants of an electric mobility... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 - 20:41
UNESCO proposes to organize an international conference from 26 to 28 September 2012 in Vancouver (BC) Canada, to explore the main issues affecting the preservation of digital documentary heritage, in order to develop strategies that will contribute to greater protection of digital assets and help to define an implementation methodology that is appropriate for developing countries, in particular... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:40
  Throughout this January 2012 thus far, very rarely has there been a bright sunny day in Jakarta. Rain has become more frequent and intense accompanied by strong winds, increasing flood risks to the city. Jakarta suffers from perennial flooding, with the last major events occurring in 1996, 2002 and 2007. The February 2007 event inundated 235 km2 or about 36 percent of the city by up to seven... Read more

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