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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:28
This year’s World Habitat Award winners and finalists are together improving the living conditions of more than 1.1 million people around the world, as well as generating sustainable livelihoods, reducing energy consumption, providing access to housing finance and empowering marginalised groups. 1. Community Programme for Neighbourhood Improvement, MEXICO A community initiated neighbourhood... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 11:57
Today, “safer cities” and “cities free of violence” are buzz terms in the development community, accompanied by a growing understanding that urban safety goes beyond the installation of street lights and, instead, requires a holistic approach that includes access to dignified housing, sanitation and health services, and public policies that recognize women’s disproportionate vulnerability to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:35
Dear Colleagues,   unfortunately the documents we have for our CCCI activities in Indonesia (Pekalongan and Bajarmasin) cannot be uploaded because they extend the max size.   Please indicate if you need these documents so I can send them to you bilaterally.   Thank you in advance
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 10:52
Children are so concerned about the environment they would rather learn about it than traditional subjects such as science and history, a survey found today. And while parents struggle to answer their children's questions on environmental problems, they are bending to pester power to be more green, the research from the Co-operative showed.  The survey of 1,027 youngsters aged seven to 14... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 10:29
Anyone who has lived in a university town or city will have heard – or maybe uttered themselves – "bloody students", when being kept awake at night by midweek celebrations, or tripping over rubbish strewn across the pavement. But there are many people around the UK who will be looking forward to the return of the students to their towns and cities as many community groups and projects get a boost... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 10:14
In Europe, the transition from heavy industry that had lost its competitive edge on the worldwide market to an economic model based on innovation penalises all the more the cities whose history and economic development have been intrinsically linked to a specific industry. The nine cities in the URBACT UNIC project share the common denominator of having a strong tradition in the ceramics industry... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 09:55
The start of September saw the official launch of the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition’s "Climate Smart Cape Town Campaign". The focus of the campaign is to help residents of Cape Town learn about climate change and how they can take action, as well as to learn about the actions already being taken by the City of Cape Town and other leading public and private sector organisations to mitigate... Read more
[ 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