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[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:51
A UNDP-funded pilot project of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) has proved helpful in educating community about the use of modern methods to combat the menace of land degradation and desertification. The pilot project was launched in 2009 with the aim to improve local environment, combat soil degradation, alleviate poverty and enhance the living standard of local population. Please follow the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:11
Most New Yorkers would greet the prospect of a $51,000 two-bedroom co-op in Chelsea with slack-jawed wonder, since the average price for an apartment in New York City exceeds $1.4 million. They might react the same way to a three-story house in Park Slope priced at $255,000 or to a one-bedroom in a brand-new Harlem condominium for $147,500. But these types of deals do exist. They are offered... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 09:56
Converting sunlight into electricity is not economically attractive because of the high cost of solar cells, but a recent, purely optical approach to improving luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) may ease the problem, according to researchers at Argonne National Laboratories and Penn State. Using concentrated sunlight reduces the cost of solar power by requiring fewer solar cells to generate a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011 - 05:26
日照市因“日出初光先照”而得名,地处中国沿海东部、山东半岛南翼,位于国家“两纵三横”城镇化战略格局中 陆桥通道与沿海通道的交汇处,是山东半岛蓝色经济区增长极之一和青岛—潍坊—日照城镇组团重要组成部分,是 我国著名的海滨生态旅游城市。为了提升城市规划水准,切实打造海洋特色新兴城市,日照市住房和城乡规划建设 委员会组织开展《日照北部滨海地区南段城市设计国际咨询》,希望借鉴国内外城市规划实践的良好经验,为日照 北部滨海地区发展提出前瞻的发展战略,提供实际和可操作的规划指导,将其打造成国际一流的滨海休闲度假区, 进一步促使日照实现滨海文化和旅游名城的目标。 Rizhao City earned its name because it is the place where the sun always pours its brilliant dawn light. It is situated... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 4, 2011 - 11:36
The brouhaha in the press about bike lanes seems to have subsided for now and the buzz has turned to New York City’s plan to launch the largest bikeshare program in the country. Highly publicized efforts to erase new bike lanes, like the failed court case against the Prospect Park West bike lane in Brooklyn, may have run out of steam. But in the long run, the battles over street space are bound... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 4, 2011 - 11:15
Shenyang – once key in Mao Zedong's push to industrialize China in the 1950s and '60s – has begun to emerge from its smoggy past, cleaning up its factories and expanding its green spaces. This has been widely noted by the city's inhabitants who've seen its development over the past couple of decades. But they aren't the only ones. Last November, the Urban China Initiative (UCI), a think tank co-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:29
DEEP in the South Atlantic, a vast industrial operation is under way that Brazil’s leaders say will turn their country into an oil power by the end of this decade. If the ambitious plans of Petrobras, the national oil company, come to fruition, by 2020 Brazil will be producing 5m barrels per day, much of it from new offshore fields. That might make Brazil a top-five source of oil (see article).... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:41
Morocco has been chosen as the first location for a German-led, €400bn project to build a vast network of solar and windfarms across North Africa and the Middle East to provide 15% of Europe's electricity supply by 2050. The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), a coalition of companies including E.ON, Siemens, Munich Re and Deutsche Bank, announced at its annual conference being held in Cairo on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:13
If Calgary could build a safe community — a place where crime is all but eliminated — what would it look like? Police and city hall have struggled with this elusive question for decades. Some aren’t sure it can even be done. Perhaps not. But criminologist Nikki Filipuzzi insists that better urban planning decisions could dramatically break the cycle of crime in many neighbourhoods and help curb... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 09:26
After almost four hours of discussion, including plenty of enthusiastic feedback from the public, the San Jose City Council gave a unanimous thumbs up Tuesday night to a new blueprint that outlines the way San Jose should grow over the next three decades. In a 9 to 0 vote, the council accepted the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan -- a report that will guide the city's future land use by... Read more

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