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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 13:03
Ministers and senior officials from Latin America and the Caribbean MINURVI group last week brought climate change and housing issues to the top of their agenda in preparation for a series of major international and regional meetings. The group of Ministers in charge of housing and urban development known by its Spanish acronym as, MINURVI, flagged the issues at their 20th General Assembly on 14... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:50
British science has led to a use for waste glass that cannot be recycled that could help clean up polluted waterways by acting as an ion-exchange filter to remove lead, cadmium and other toxic metals. Details are published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management. Only a fraction of waste glass bottles and jars can be recycled, partly because much of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:19
Water softening techniques are very effective for removing minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which occur as positively-charged ions in "hard" water. But many heavy metals and other inorganic pollutants form negatively-charged ions in water, and existing water treatment processes to remove them are inefficient and expensive. Chemists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have now... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:46
Dear Colleagues,   just to inform you that so far I have uploaded all documents currently available for our CCCI cities in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific.   However, I am waiting for further input from my colleagues because there do exists more material and at the beginning of next week I will add our literature from the Asian CCCI cities.   Best   Malte
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 18:36
UN-HABITAT this week signed a new safer cities agreement with the Union Government of Myanmar designed to provide disaster resilient and safer settlements in the southeast Asian nation. The Government was represented by Director General, U Aung Win of the Department of Human Settlements and Housing Development (DHSHD), Ministry of Construction. He signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 18:31
Mayors and senior local government officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America gathered for the first “Shelter Academy” held on 13-15 September 2011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Shelter Academy which will be an annual event provides participants with a unique opportunity to engage with high-level experts and each other on some of the most vexing urban challenges of the day. This years’ theme... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 18:09
We often think that housing policy requires improving poor households' access to finance and pooling community resources. The history of Singapore's universal housing program suggests that housing supply can only be sustainably increased when it is matched by aggressive macroeconomic policies that forcefully shift consumer demand towards the housing sector. Writes Kerwin Datu, "Often when we... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 16:03
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his sorrow and sympathy for the families of the victims of a petrol pipeline explosion in a dense Nairobi slum on Monday which claimed scores of lives and left many injured. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban extended his sympathies to the Government and people of Kenya. "He also wishes a full and speedy recovery to the survivors," the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 11:42
Sometimes, we go at great lengths to perform well at work such that we forget our safety and that of those around us. See below a hillarious video on illustrations of hazardous actions at work...but remember: Safety first!
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 11:03
Picture a city road that recycles rain water or a pedestrian haven below Canal Street. These are some of the concepts that are on the table for the first-ever Urban Design Week Festival, which starts on Monday. With talks, panel discussions and brainstorming sessions, the festival's organizers hope to join the ideas of New Yorkers with the vision and planning of urban designers and architects.... Read more