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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 09:50
From Florida to Arizona, 14 states are in the midst of a major drought. The effects have been far-reaching and devastating to both the environment and economy. "In Texas, where the drought is the worst, virtually no part of the state has been untouched. City dwellers and ranchers have been tormented by excessive heat and high winds. In the Southwest, wildfires are chewing through millions of... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 16:16
The conference programme will focus on the shared challenges faced by affordable housing organisations around the world and deliver practical best-practice, case studies and challenging discussions. It will also focus on the vital issues of financing sources/models, community sustainability, energy efficiency and housing the vulnerable. Bursaries available: There are a limited number of places at... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 16:04
Are you inquisitive? Are you eager to hear about new ideas? New content? New perspectives? Are your curious to learn about trends and technologies that can help you enter new markets? Do you want to meet business partners from over 100 countries around the world, interested in discovering your products? Be one of the over 280,000 inquisitive book and media professionals who come to Frankfurt in... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 15:49
The Arab Water Council (AWC) invites its members, partners and all water stakeholders and interested parties to the 2nd Arab Water Forum to be held under the patronage of the League of Arab States. The forum will center on the theme "Living without scarcity." The AWC Forum is a tri-annual event that brings professionals and intellectuals from all backgrounds to learn from the past, consider the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 11:49
The wastelands of the modern world can have an almost post-apocalyptic feel. But they can also be beautiful. This slide show from Salon and Trazzler shows some of the most scenic and beautiful wastelands in the world. "The world is littered with places that have given up the ghost. Walking amid the aftermath, a traveler may feel a certain kind of fragile hope that stirs in these devastated places... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 11:10
Google Maps Street View can already make you feel like you're in two places at once—the desk where you're physically sitting and the street that you're digitally exploring. A new app and website, Historypin, translocates you one step further, enabling you to experience places around the world at distinct moments in the past. Use the free website to mash-up the street view of today's Times Square... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 10:19
The downtown renaissance of New Jersey’s Sea Isle City is due in no small part to their adoption of a smart growth approach. Beginning in 2005, the city threw out old zoning laws that allowed for more suburban-type development and instead adopted codes that preserved the interesting older architecture while making the city more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. The city has seen 12 new restaurants... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 10:09
To get citizens out of their cars and onto a newly-opened public trolley system, the city of Murcia, Spain recently embarked on a rather radical campaign: it offered people lifetime trolley passes in exchange for permanently reliquishing their cars. Despite the growing popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles, giving up your car is still the single best way to reduce your carbon footprint. Car... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 10:00
New playground designs are shaking up public parks around the world. So long, slides, hello interpretive playscapes. This slideshow from Dwell highlights some of the newest and most innovative playground designs today, presented by Paige Johnson of the blog Playscapes. "From playgrounds that derive inspiration from nature to pop-up urban installations, spaces for play are transitioning away from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 09:42
It’s no secret that people who live in the city – particularly those raised in one – have higher risk for anxiety and mood disorders than country folk. Studies upon studies have found this, and any city dweller could probably attest to this reality. But a new study in the journal Nature by author Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg finds that these behavioral differences can actually be seen in MRI scans of... Read more

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