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[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 09:46
Energy efficient heating and cooling options have acquired vast interest in the recent years, but scientists in China may have found the ultimate solution. Researchers based at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) discovered a new material that can retain and release heat according to specific temperature requirements. They believe their invention could offer considerable energy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 09:34
Cities across the U.S. are increasingly looking to technology to improve the public participation process and increase the ways citizens can engage with the government. Chief technical officers are becoming more common. "Today if you want to voice your concerns to local officials, you can often do so remotely, from your laptop or cell phone. Websites, social media, call centers, and services that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 18:44
A set of recommendations for changes to land-use regulations in Seattle is being highlighted by Mayor Mike McGinn as a way to both create sustainable neighborhoods and jobs. One of the authors of the recommendations explains. Chuck Wolfe, member of a roundtable group of experts that has crafted recommendations, discusses how the changes to the code can help improve the way development happens in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:05
ICLEI member, the City of Freiburg has installed the first solar-powered LED street lighting system in Germany. The lights are located on a paved cycle path and pedestrian intersection close to the river Dreisam and automatically go on at dusk. Up to 10,000 cyclists use the path on a daily basis and there have been several accidents in the past as it was difficult to see whether cyclists or car... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 09:57
From February to March 2011, ICLEI Member City, Hiroshima, Japan worked together with Hiroshima University, Hiroshima Municipal Motomachi Senior High School, and Hiroshima Municipal Technical High School to facilitate environmental information monitoring within the city. The schools participated in experiments sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications which demonstrates... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 09:15
The BBC's Jorn Madslien went for a test drive From inside the bubble, the futuristic EN-V feels like a living organism as it slowly rises from a crouching position, before balancing on two wheels as if they were legs. Unlike a motorcycle, which has one wheel in front of the other, the two-seater electric car has one wheel on either side of its flimsy body.The light-weight design makes it as agile... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 16:11
UN-HABITAT was part of the participants at the Cities for Mobility Congress held in Stuttgart, Germany in early July. Speaking at the session, Mr. Christian Schlosser, Chief of UN-HABITAT's Urban Transport Section called for better planning of cities so that the residents can get enough space to move, especially walking. "We need to plan for walk-able streets and active neighborhoods; we should... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 16:03
Dr. Joan Clos, UN-Habitat Executive Director and UN Under Secretary General, called for national urban policies to help countries to face rapid urbanization without economic growth, resulting in increasing poverty and inequality. Clos, who has participated at a Ford Foundation forum marking its 75th anniversary to speak about urban leadership on the global stage, has pointed out that next October... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 15:57
The Vice-President and the Minister for Home Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Kalonzo Musyoka; the Commissioner of Prisons, Isaiah S.M. Osugo; Robert Goodwin, Chief of UN-HABITAT Lake Victoria Programme; and S.M.F. Karioki, Chairman of Global Victims Support Programme, have inaugurated a new water and sanitation facility for the staff and inmates of Kisii Prison. The project is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 14:30
Meeting in the Nigerian capital Abuja last week, youth from various African countries laid an emphatic demand on world leaders - justice, dignity and real empowerment. Meeting over three days, the young people deliberated on theme of the First African Urban Youth Assembly 'Youth and Prosperity of Cities.' Discussions at the Assembly sought to inspire, empower and enable youths to learn from a... Read more