New York City, America's most populous city, is often seen as lumbering when it comes to change. Â However Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, has made great strides in moving New Your City into the 21st Century. Â She has overseen the building of hundreds of innovative bike lanes; she has secured huge grants from the Feds to improve bus service, and she has made the streets safer than they have been in many decades. Â Some people believe she is moving too ...
According to a new study published in the journal Environment and Urbanization, carbon emissions in cities are lower than in the suburbs. Â So if you are looking to lower your environmental impact, and are not keen on living in an earthbag hut, it looks like big cities are the way to go. Â Public transportation and walkability reduce per-capita carbon emissions making densely populated places greener. Read Full Article: Grist
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Three years ago China planned to lay 13,000kms of high-speed railway by 2020, more than the rest of the world combined. Then the Global Financial Crisis hit and Beijing brought that deadline forward by 8 years. China's bullet train project is ambitious and has generated millions of jobs and utilised millions of tonnes of Australian iron ore to produce the high-tensile steel for tunnels, bridges and tracks. More global high speed rail investment is needed to make cities more ...
In Sydney Australia, NSW state premier Kristina Keneally has taken the axe to the transport blueprint of past premier Nathan Rees, cancelling the proposed metro network to spend the money on expanding the existing heavy rail system but still favouring road spending. $5.3 billion for the Sydney CBD Metro was axed but $21.9 billion in unspecified road spending over 10 years was confirmed. Read the full SMH article here
A recently completed slime mould experiment by a team led by mathematical biologist Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University in Japan and cell biologist Mark Fricker of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom used Physarum polycephalum to find the shortest route through a layout of oak flakes. The slime discovers and grows over its food digesting it through its body creating thin tendrils that manifest into an ever simpler and efficient network of tubes. The tubes carrying the largest ...
A report, citing figures obtained from the government, says Hong Kongâ€™s roadside air pollution reached life-threatening levels one in every eight days last year. The air pollution index was recorded by the Environmental Protection Department. It said there were 44 days of â€śvery high pollutionâ€ť last year. That number is up from the 39 reported days in 2008 and the 13 days in 2005. The impact of vehicular and industrial pollution on the health of citizens in major cities ...
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