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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:22
Water conservation is the beneficial reduction in water loss, use or waste as well as the preservation of water quality. But just how do we go about this? A great water saving tip is adjusting your irrigation timer when the seasons change. Connie Speelman, from Water Conservation, Town of Queen Creek, one of Arizona Regional Campaign Partners, explains that with cooler weather and lower... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:20
Meshing green urban design with housing projects, Off Architecture’s apartment complex designed for Anglet, France features sweeping greenery on its sloping roofs. Conceived in partnership with Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture, the buildings gently step down, joining a natural hill and creating an artificial meadow on top of the buildings. The new community is designed to revolve around green... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 09:59
Stuck in a gloomy wintertime rut? Why not take a little escape into a verdant world of enchanting Japanese gardens, green roofs and planted walls perfect for bringing some sunshine back into your life? Inhabitat spotted and captured several grassy, leafy patches of green on a recent trip to Japan. Follow the link below to view gorgeous pics of Kinkaku-ji (also known as the Golden Pavilion) in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 09:37
COP17 could turn out to be the catalyst that kickstarts South Africa's green economy, according to Wilderness Foundation director Andrew Muir. Speaking at the climate summit in Durban yesterday, Muir said once serious green investment begins, the fight can be taken to climate change, with solar power in the vanguard. "Everyone is asking 'how do we kick-start this green economy'? The answer is, we... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 09:49
UN-HABITAT has formally notified the Federal Government of Mexico that it will support efforts to institutionalize the recovery of urban public spaces, and to share its experiences with other countries in the region and globally. The announcement follows a three-day seminar 22-25 November on inclusive public spaces for sustainable cities which drew more than 350 local and international delegates... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 09:42
Four disaster prone countries in Southern African last week agreed with UN-HABITAT to establish a disaster risk reduction centre for the sub-region to be based in Mozambique. Comoros, Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique, announced the establishment of the Technical Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction after a three-day meeting in the Mozambique capital with donor partners. In opening remarks, Mr.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011 - 10:38
Ensuring mobility for everyone to enable them access jobs, education, healthcare and leisure, while at the same time protecting our environment and quality of life is a daily challenge facing many urban planners, architects, engineers and experts around the world. Many are striving hard to achieve sustainable mobility; and SYSTRA engineers are on board. Steps they have taken include integrating... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011 - 11:21
The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and UN-HABITAT have joined hands to help improve urban mobility in cities around the world many of which are growing increasingly polluted by vehicle exchaust often because of poor public transport. At a meeting hosted by UITP 21-22 November, experts sought to provide guidance to UN-HABITAT on the agency's urban mobility policy, and also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011 - 08:58
Johannesburg — A film opening on World AIDS Day Thursday that mixes live action and animation is taking viewers inside a soccer player's body, showing how he becomes infected with HIV and spreads the virus. The cast and characters are Kenyan, Nigerian and South African – which producers hope will help the movie travel across the continent hardest hit by the disease. The pull of soccer, which has... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 10:21
On the first of December, World AIDS Day is celebrated. This day is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to remember those who have died of the disease and to celebrate accomplishments, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.  Today, despite advances in HIV treatment and in laws designed to protect those living with HIV; many people do not know... Read more