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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 09:02
Haiti's Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul and United Nation's Development Program (UNDP) administrator, Helen Clark hosted a landmark validation ceremony in Cap-Haitien today, putting into action a precedent-setting "Seismic Risk Reduction Plan for Northern Haiti." The plan, a flagship project for UNDP and its national partners, is a joint venture between UNDP and Haiti's National... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:15
The Romanian city of Suceava is preparing for a cleaner future by replacing the existing fleet of buses with electric ones. At Lisbon in June 2011, the municipality’s officials signed a memorandum of cooperation with Oslo, Frankfurt, London, Stockholm, Lisbon, Katowice, Beja, Madrid and Zograoufu to introduce electric vehicles for both public transport and private car transport. The memorandum... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:08
Since the beginning of March, seven locations of the city of Poznan have been tested on QR code system implementation. The system allows mobile phones to directly receive actual public transport information. If the tests go well, the system will cover the whole town. The project came from an exchange of ideas between the city public transport provider, Poznan Computer Network Institute and the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:01
Annika Niskanen has started her new role as an ambassador for Helsinki City Car Club and Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL). She will promote sustainable mobility in the universities and polytechnics in the Helsinki area. Read more... NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 09:54
The city guards of Wroclaw have received a new hybrid model of Toyota directly from the company. The guards are the first in Poland to test the car on city streets. The Toyota is now the second of this kind of vehicle in Wroclaw, following the delivery of a Mitsubishi i-MiEV in autumn 2011. The Toyota, which was handed over in February 2012, is an absolute prototype. The mass production of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 09:49
Energy from biomass presents underappreciated risks, new research published in Nature Climate Change shows. “A precautionary approach is needed,” says Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and professor at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). “Before further expanding bioenergy, science has to deliver a more comprehensive risk... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 09:16
President Mwai Kibaki on Thursday officially opened the Fourth Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD IV) in Nairobi. President Kibaki assured that his Government will step up the slum upgrading initiatives through the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme and the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Programme. President Kibaki, at the same time, urged... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 - 12:38
  An awesome site that uses GIS mapping to the describe the realities of life in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:41
This year, World Water Day celebrations focus on the theme, "Water and food security." There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:21
As experts share their perspectives on Water and Food Security to mark World Water Day 2012 at the United Nations headquarters in Rome, Italy today, Michael Oludare Ale, former Governor, World Water Council and chairman/chief executive, Male Integrated Science Nigeria Limited, Ibadan, Oyo State shares his views on same with Taiwo Olanrewaju. The World Water Day is an annual event celebrated every... Read more