Urban Themes

[ Event ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 12:25
Elected officials, municipal staff, and others working towards biodiversity management and conservation are invited to gather and exchange experiences at the Liveable Cities Forum: Designing Biodiversity Friendly Communities! Join your colleagues at the Biosphère - Environment Museum in Montréal, Québec for an international conference on local biodiversity conservation and management practices.... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 12:12
Sustainability is the capacity to endure into the future. In many ways our future is linked to the health of the natural environment for clean air and water, food supply, natural resources, economic security, and quality of life. There is a growing recognition that providing for human needs in the long term requires consideration of the natural environment. Nowhere is this concern more prominent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:43
China has been boosting financial support for affordable housing and has a good foundation to deliver on its pledge to start building 10 million low-cost homes this year, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks posted on the government website. Li also repeated government statements that affordable housing is a key feature of the nation's social safety net. "In the first half of the year we... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:04
In the Philippines, "eco-entrepreneur" Ilac Diaz is spreading an idea from MIT using 2-liter soda bottles and bleach to bring a 60 watt light bulb's worth of light into building below. The technology is as simple as it could be. Each bottle contains water and bleach. When placed snugly in a purpose-built hole in a roof, the home-made bulb refracts and spreads sunlight, illuminating the room... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 10:16
Nabil El Arabi, the Secretary General of the Arab League, has called for support for those affected by Somali drought. The Arab League published a statement on its page on “Facebook”, making an urgent call for all Arab states, specialized organisations, Red Crescent societies and civil society organisations to make their resources available to rescue the Somali people from their plight following... Read more
[ Partner ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 17:58
The Urbanization Knowledge Partnership aims to put the world’s best knowledge and data in the hands of policymakers and practitioners, in order to harness urban growth for better development outcomes. The Partnership will implement a knowledge platform over the next few months and will use this group to collect input and organize events. 
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 17:37
Japan says it will run 'stress tests' on all its nuclear reactors to ease heightened concerns about disaster preparedness in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic accident sparked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The ongoing crisis, the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago, has ignited debate in Japan about the safety of nuclear power, which before the... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 15:49
Registration is OPEN for the 51st ERSA Congress! The congress will center on the theme "New Challenges for European Regions and Urban Areas in a Globalised World". It will also tackle many other themes including: Regional economic growth and development; Rural and local development; Social capital and regional development; Agglomeration, clusters and policy; and Regional policy in Europe. For... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 15:08
TOKYO — From their spacious 24th-floor apartment, Masako Tsubuku and her husband had a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. They couldn't wait to leave. Their high-rise building, as it was designed to do, withstood Japan’s devastating earthquake on March 11, swaying and shuddering to absorb the worst shocks. But Ms. Tsubuku said she was petrified as the tower waved like a reed in the wind. And the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 12:07
A measure of hope has been restored for victims of the fire that destroyed several homes in the west Kingston community of Denham Town last Saturday 16th July 2011, leaving losses estimated at more than $20 million. Ashtrom International, an Israeli construction company, yesterday donated eight prefabricated homes, which it said would be in place in two weeks. The Government also stepped in to... Read more