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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 11:02
The Horn of Africa region is facing what seems to be the worst drought in 60 years. This has led to famine in parts or Somalia. In Kenya, millions are surviving on emergency relief food and malnutrition is widespread. The weathermen have predicted that the drought will get worse than it gets better. This dire situation informed the launch of Kenyans for Kenya Drought Relief Initiative; a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 15:23
A total of 77,138 hectares has been allocated to livestock development in Rufiji District in the Coast Region in an effort to implement an environmental conservation policy through a village land use management programme, it was learnt here yesterday. Deputy minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries Benedict ole Nangoro told the House in Dodoma that the government has invested Sh250... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 10:32
A mass-burn incinerator sits along the Seine River in downtown Paris quietly turning the city’s garbage into ash. Embassies in Copenhagen are a block away from a waste-to-energy plant. In Switzerland, 30 incinerators dot mostly densely populated valleys of the country. People usually don’t even know they’re there, said Metro Vancouver director and Surrey Coun. Marvin Hunt. Metro is pointing to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 16:28
Traffic safety is an emerging issue in China, and officials are treating drunk driving, the cause of more than 50% of traffic fatalities, severely - so much so that a new business is flourishing: chauffeur service. While the thrust of the article is describing the new chauffeur service, also stimulated by the traffic control measure of doubling the parking rates in downtown Beijing, it describes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 16:19
Student designer Alexander Vittouris won a design award for his bicycle made out of bamboo. What's so special about that? Vittouris shaped the frame as it grew so it needed no assembly. Vittouris calls it a "grown vehicle". From the project description: "The foundation of the 'Ajiro' concept is to provide wholly sustainable personal mobility by reassessing production methods; considering the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:24
A city that looks like a cramped row of shiny, tall matchboxes in places, Mumbai is finally going to get some respite. The civic body has accepted a set of guidelines that make it mandatory for developers to build safer, better, airier high-rises. The norms, which were formulated by a state-appointed committee under the chairmanship of retired Justice Shafi Parkar demand that at least 20m space... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:12
The cards dealt to the energy storage industry are looking better now than in the past. Here are three of them, all played because of the growing presence of Smart Grid technologies that enable solutions and policies that encourage energy storage markets. 1. A recent UN report titled “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011” highlighted $211 Billion spent worldwide in renewable energy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:02
Singapore and the World Bank are helping the Vietnamese city of Danang plan its urban transport system. The Temasek Foundation, the World Bank and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise signed an agreement Tuesday enabling Danang government officials to learn from Singapore's experience. The Temasek Foundation will provide a grant of close to S$1 million towards the project. The collaboration is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 10:46
While much has been made about the challenges that arise with large-scale power plants attempting to connect to the U.S. power grid through transmission and substations, relatively little has been said when it comes to smaller-scale renewable energy projects, such as community wind projects, trying to do the same. Community wind projects, developments owned by co-ops or by local communities that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 10:29
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a five-year, $18.5 million grant to fund a new Engineering Research Center (ERC) to re-invent the country’s urban water infrastructure, which is seeing increasing challenges from age, population growth and the effects of climate change. The new center, called the NSF ERC for Re-inventing America’s Urban Water Infrastructure, will be led by... Read more