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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:08
Raise awareness in your city - organize a World Habitat Day event! As a guide, here are some of the activities that you can help organize: Use mass media, particularly newspapers, radio and television, to draw attention to World Habitat Day celebrations. If possible, issue press releases, display posters, organize press conferences, and broadcast video and audio spots. Draw attention to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:07
Half the world's people now live in towns and cities. In little more than a generation, two-thirds of the global population will be urban. As the proportion of humanity living in the urban environment grows, so too does the need to strengthen the urban focus of our efforts to reduce global poverty and promote sustainable development. . 
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 - 12:04
China's top economic planning agency has approved 25 urban rail projects that could be worth more than 800 billion yuan (126.98 billion U.S. dollars). The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced the approvals of project plans and feasibility reports for the 25 projects in cities including Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Lanzhou, Guangzhou and Xiamen, according to the NDRC's website.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 - 11:29
Urban housing shortage in India has plunged from 24.7 million at the beginning of the 11th five year plan in 2007 to 18.78 million for the next five year plan from 2012 to 2017, according to a government report. At a press conference in the capital, Kumari Selja, minister of housing and urban poverty alleviation, told reporters that the main feature of the technical report on urban housing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 - 11:17
The International Quarterly on Urban Economics, Municipality of Tehran, welcomes applied articles or analytical reports. The quarterly examines financial and economic issues of the city and its analyses are conducted with an aim of offering operational solutions. The quarterly is intended to publish viewpoints and expertise of experts within the framework of scientific-executive findings, applied... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 10:45
Study reveals that pedestrians are exposed to different levels of pollution on the pavements depending on how parked cars at the roadside are arranged. Walking is good for health and does not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. However, pedestrians still are exposed to pollution emitted by drivers. Urban planning can reduce the level of pollution that pedestrians are exposed to through... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 12:11
A series of massive urban stimulus plans have been announced recently by several Chinese cities. Economists are split on whether the projects can speed up the country's growth rate and accommodate the influx of urban migrants, reports Chris Oliver. With China's economic growth rate falling to its slowest pace since the 2008 global crisis, and more deceleration predicted, several local Chinese... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 11:54
The European knowledge brokerage consortium CORPUS has identified mobility challenges and developed a research agenda for transforming current unsustainable mobility patterns. In early July, European consumption experts announced a research agenda for making private transportation in Europe more sustainable. More than 100 experts in science and policy from all over Europe came together of a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 11:36
Ageing heralds a new challenge for healthcare systems in Europe for which innovative answers must be found, writes Paola Testori Coggi, Director-General of DG Sanco, the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers. In the current context of budget cuts and rising healthcare demands, securing universal access to quality healthcare remains a key priority. Europe is strongly determined to champion... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 11:23
Portland's progressive urbanism - from its smart growth restrictions, to its revived historic Pearl District and bicycle infrastructure - are the envy of cities across America. Could the city's new sustainable public toilet be its next export? Kim Murphy reports on the Portland Loo, the city's high-minded rethink of the lowly public toilet. "The solar-powered, 6-by-101/2 -foot street-corner cabin... Read more