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How Cities Can Generate Their Own Clean Energy and Create Jobs and Income

July 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Town halls can plug into the clean energy revolution and reap the benefits.

Cities could become the powerhouses of the future, helping to generate much of their own energy, a crucial factor in achieving proper sustainability. New report compares different types of business structure and opportunities for sources of investment and job creation.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

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India's 2014 Budget Promises Cash for 100 Smart Cities, Metros & Much More

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a target of Rs.70,600 million to help create 100 smart cities, and a comprehensive set of measures intended to pave the way for new metro systems, cycling and bus schemes, roads, solar power and cleaning up the polluted river Ganges.[read more]

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Could Radical Carbon Offsetting be Used to Absorb Atmospheric Carbon?

July 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Building with timber and hemcrete. Courtesy Lime Technologies

Radical carbon offsetting schemes would permit the extraction of fossil fuels providing that an adequate and equivalent amount of carbon was removed from the atmosphere to that which will be released by the fossil fuels' combustion. Fossil fuel companies would finance such schemes for the privilege of taking carbon from the ground.[read more]

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The 2014 Solar Decathlon: 17 Countries Compete to Design Sustainable Housing

June 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Solar Versailles displays astonishing innovation

This Friday is the start of the Solar Decathlon 2014 in Versailles, Paris, France. It is an international competition created by the US Department of Energy in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate grid-connected, super-efficient, energy self-sufficient housing.[read more]

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Key Performance Indicators for Eco Cities in the Asia-Pacific Region

June 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

An Asian-Pacific vision of an eco-city.

China and Singapore are building eco-cities, of which Tianjin is one example, at the same time compiling guidelines on how to design and implement low carbon towns, with matching indicators, which are already being applied by a partnership across the Pacific in the Americas.[read more]

Adaptation for All

June 10, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Infrastructure and Change

Urban infrastructure will need to be bolstered to survive population booms or busts, economic growth or stagnation, and climatic shifts and increasingly frequent natural disasters. As cities adapt to changing social, economic, and climatic circumstances, are the most vulnerable being heard?[read more]

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NEW VIDEO: Urban Infrastructure Initiative for Linking Business with Cities

June 6, 2014 by Matthew Lynch

Cities and business can both become more sustainable together.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Urban Infrastructure Initiative is a unique global project that has demonstrated the value of early collaborative engagement between cities and business for sustainable development.[read more]

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Historic Mansion Uses Sea Water to Heat Itself and Save a Fortune on Oil Bills

June 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Plas Newydd in Wales - now heated by the sea.

More and more thermal heating systems are using heat pumps to take heat energy from the sea, rivers and lakes to heat and cool buildings. These systems are easily replicable with current technology anywhere where there is a body of water nearby, and so could be of use in coastal, lakeside and riverbank locations.[read more]

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The £10 Million Prize for Solving the Biggest Problem Facing Humanity

May 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Which of these six challenges is the greatest?

A new fund is offering a prize of £10 million to anyone who comes up with a solution to one of six shortlisted problems that face humanity. The selected challenge is being chosen by the public.[read more]

Smart Cities Amsterdam: The Event of the Year

May 22, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities Amsterdam

A review of the annual smart cities conference held in Amsterdam last week attended by 28 different nationalities from many business sectors. It featured inspirational presentations from New York City, London, and leading cities in Spain.[read more]