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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:07
Budapest's Small Ring was one of the busiest thoroughfares in the centre of Budapest, and subject to numerous debates about how it should be modernised. The most controversial issue being taking away road space from car traffic and parking places, in favour of pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and trees. Cycling activists have organised a public thank you in Budapest. The works are not yet... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 09:02
By focusing on reducing water use to levels that could be served by its two water sources, the city of El Paso, Texas, has been able to quench its thirst without running dry. Much of the water saving is credited to water manager Ed Archuleta. "'We're going to be fine this summer," he said. "We're basically drought-proof.' The city will be fine next year too, even if it doesn't rain, and even if... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:38
A key development goal to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 will be missed because donor countries have diverted aid money away from unglamorous water projects, according to the World Bank and the charity WaterAid. Aid to give people in developing countries access to clean water and sanitation has been shrinking as a proportion of global aid budgets, new... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:25
Natural gas is not the “panacea” to solve climate change that fossil fuel industry lobbyists have been claiming, according to new research from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Reliance on gas would lead the world to a 3.5°C temperature rise, according to the IEA. At such a level, global warming could run out of control, deserts would take over in southern Africa, Australia and the western... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:17
When Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Secretary General of South Commission over two decades back, he worked with its chairman Julius Nyerere, a respected African leader and the former President of Tanzania. This relationship might have moulded Dr. Singh's perceptions on challenges facing Africa and how India should partner with it to secure a multi-dimensional partnership benefitting both sides. This... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:12
Two years after Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee promised in his budget speech that India would become slum-free in five years, the United Progressive Alliance government has come up with legislation that might enable progress towards this goal. The model Property Rights to Slum Dwellers Act circulated recently by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation aims to improve the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:03
There is still a traffic jam these days along the two-lane road that parallels Sendai's former coastal playground. But the minivans and sedans that once gathered at picnic grounds, golf courses and horse stables have been replaced by thousands of dump trucks. The city has turned its tsunami-torn seaside parks into gigantic dumps for the 1 million tonnes of debris that are expected to be collected... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 09:46
The denial of equality, dignity and autonomy to persons with disabilities lies at the core of disability rights. “Disability need not be an obstacle to success … It is my hope that … this century will mark a turning point for inclusion of people with disabilities in the lives of their societies.” — Professor Stephen Hawking, “Foreword,” World Report on Disability. The inauguration of the United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 09:32
Asia's urban future is one of opportunity. Urbanisation, well-managed, is a chance to put our development paradigm on the right track – on a track that will result in inclusive and sustainable development for Asia and the Pacific. However, keeping to this vision, we are cognisant of the threats that urbanisation in the region brings. Changing our development paradigm will not be easy. We must... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 09:23
The National Mission for a Green India with a planned investment of $10.3 billion over the next 10 years can have a major developmental impact in more ways than one. Such a massive exercise can raise fresh natural capital that is so vital for the tens of millions of people who depend on degraded forests. It can meet the twin objectives of assigning forest land to tribal and other forest-dwelling... Read more