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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 09:18
The city of Düsseldorf has reported regular acts of violence that have been witnessed by passers-by who did not intervene. It seems that many people don’t know how to intervene efficiently without putting themselves in danger. However, a small gesture such as making an emergency call or alerting other passers-by can often have an important impact. Stakeholders agree that only a long-term plan... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 8, 2011 - 09:59
A continuous power supply is mission critical for the vast majority of businesses, but many don’t take the management of power outage risks beyond a very basic level. One threat which is often ignored is that of the rolling blackout. These can be imposed by power suppliers as a means of managing services which are over-stressed by high demand. The recent extreme temperatures in the US have raised... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 10:14
It is always good to ensure that your facility is prepared to weather the hurricane storm. According to researchers from John Hopkins and Texas A&M University, during the last five major hurricanes, nearly 30,000 businesses and government entities were forced to cease operations due to power outages and loss of Internet connectivity. “Continuity during disasters is imperative for businesses... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 10:03
If an office building catches fire, the building management team or the security director will call for an evacuation. But what if spring weather produces a tornado? Instead of an evacuation, staying put or sheltering in place might make more sense. A tornado, a bomb threat in a nearby building, a chemical spill, an active shooter, or a terrorist hit that contaminates the area might call for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 09:46
Energy efficient heating and cooling options have acquired vast interest in the recent years, but scientists in China may have found the ultimate solution. Researchers based at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) discovered a new material that can retain and release heat according to specific temperature requirements. They believe their invention could offer considerable energy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 09:34
Cities across the U.S. are increasingly looking to technology to improve the public participation process and increase the ways citizens can engage with the government. Chief technical officers are becoming more common. "Today if you want to voice your concerns to local officials, you can often do so remotely, from your laptop or cell phone. Websites, social media, call centers, and services that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 18:44
A set of recommendations for changes to land-use regulations in Seattle is being highlighted by Mayor Mike McGinn as a way to both create sustainable neighborhoods and jobs. One of the authors of the recommendations explains. Chuck Wolfe, member of a roundtable group of experts that has crafted recommendations, discusses how the changes to the code can help improve the way development happens in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:05
ICLEI member, the City of Freiburg has installed the first solar-powered LED street lighting system in Germany. The lights are located on a paved cycle path and pedestrian intersection close to the river Dreisam and automatically go on at dusk. Up to 10,000 cyclists use the path on a daily basis and there have been several accidents in the past as it was difficult to see whether cyclists or car... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 09:57
From February to March 2011, ICLEI Member City, Hiroshima, Japan worked together with Hiroshima University, Hiroshima Municipal Motomachi Senior High School, and Hiroshima Municipal Technical High School to facilitate environmental information monitoring within the city. The schools participated in experiments sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications which demonstrates... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 09:15
The BBC's Jorn Madslien went for a test drive From inside the bubble, the futuristic EN-V feels like a living organism as it slowly rises from a crouching position, before balancing on two wheels as if they were legs. Unlike a motorcycle, which has one wheel in front of the other, the two-seater electric car has one wheel on either side of its flimsy body.The light-weight design makes it as agile... Read more