Web application helps urban planners design cities

Urban planners must take a myriad of different objectives into account when designing development programs. These can include optimizing a neighborhood's built density, preserving old monuments and buildings, using renewable ...

How Africa's largest city is failing its older people

Urbanisation is spreading across Africa at great speed. Projections suggest that more than half of the total population will live in urban areas by 2050. Urbanisation in Nigeria is happening at a particularly astonishing ...

A 100 percent greener outlook for cities in Turkey

Endowed with renewable resources, such as wind, sun, geothermal and hydro, the country is still relying on coal and other fossil fuels to produce its energy. Forward-looking public policies could make the difference and lead ...

Most Americans support renewable energy standards

Despite recent attempts in many state legislatures to repeal or weaken renewable energy requirements, a University of Michigan poll finds that a majority of Americans—of every race, income and education level, and religious ...

Waste could generate up to 7 percent of electricity in Spain

Researchers from the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) have calculated the energy and economic potential of urban solid waste, sludge from water treatment plants and livestock slurry for generating electricity in Spain. These ...

Germany, Mexico, US top smart energy list

Germany, Mexico and the United States have crafted some of the world's smartest policies for improving energy use, according to a study released on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN climate talks here.

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