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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 14:57
The collective attention of conservationists was last month directed towards Gigiri, Nairobi, where the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (Unep) global ministerial environmental forum debated ways to make the world as “green” as possible. Before this, Unep had already declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. But while the world’s attention is fixed on these lofty... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 14:20
“Whereas, on the one hand, the problems are generated in cities, the solution is going to be generated in cities. And therefore it is of great urgency that we understand cities in a profound and predictive fashion,” says Geoffrey West, a theoretical physicist at the Santa Fe Institute, in a fantastic short documentary from Ericsson. The film, “Thinking Cities,” focuses on how cities are using ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 13:30
Three months after the fourth high level forum on aid effectiveness, held in Busan, much uncertainty still surrounds what the vaunted new Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation might look like. It was the major news item to emerge from the conference, so this is worrying, and – with the parties dwelling on process rather than substance – some remain cynical that anything... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:11
The UK government is abolishing the Regional Spatial Strategies that govern planning across the country, and giving much greater power to local governments to plan their own spatial development. But with many cross-regional issues remaining and fewer funds in the coffers, will they be able to fulfil their new roles? Since 2004, the UK Planning System has followed a three-tier system defined by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 09:19
The business world is on ‘the cusp of a major revolution’ in its understanding of disaster risk reduction as insurance industry demands force a shift from traditional accounting-based management to risk-based management, according to Rowan Douglas, CEO Global Analytics at Willis Group and vice-chairman of UNISDR's Private Sector Advisory Group. Speaking in Geneva at the second joint meeting of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 08:42
A smartphone application has been developed to count the modes of transport used by city employees. Londoners who walk or bicycle to work will gain points which can be converted into coupons for stores and cinemas. The company Recycle Bank and the City of London have joined forces to develop an application which measures the use of environmentally friendly means of transport. The principle is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 12:04
URBANCARD is a modern chip card that has been used in Wroclaw since May 2010.  The card replaced traditional paper period cards. It is personalised, so it can be identified or replaced if lost. The card incorporates student cards and payment cards and can also be used for entering the city zoo and swimming pools. Wroclaw authorities are planning to widen the range of the card’s use even further,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 11:05
Breaking traffic rules, almost a national sport in France, has just been legalised – but only for Parisian cyclists. A new government decree has just authorised cyclists in the French capital to go through red lights, after road safety experts deemed the measure would cut road accidents. It follows a fierce three-year campaign by cyclists' associations. Under the new system, which will be first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:52
Sharing information is the city's best bet for improving public transit, according to panelists at Vancouver's 2012 Cities Summit. The future of public transit depends on smart technologies and data sharing, according to global civic leaders and innovators in Vancouver this week for the 2012 Cities Summit. Open source municipalities: twitter, transit and apps a focus of Cities Summit – live blog... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 15:38
Following a successful trial, Pedestrian Countdown technology will be rolled out at pedestrian crossings throughout the UK capital, giving pedestrians a clearer idea of how long they have left to cross the road. Independent research commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) in 2009 demonstrated that around two thirds of pedestrians do not understand the black-out period (when nothing is... Read more