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September 30, 2015 Greening cities reduces air pollution

Source: Phys.org

A UTS research collaboration has provided the first experimental evidence that higher levels of urban forestry are associated with lower levels of air pollution, specifically the dangerous fine airborne particles, or particulate...

September 11, 2015 14 years after 9/11, lower Manhattan is rising as WTC work nears its end

Source: USA Today

Fourteen Septembers after terrorists destroyed the nation’s greatest office complex and crippled its fourth-largest business district, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and the revival of lower Manhattan continue – one...

September 2, 2015 U.S. construction spending rises to seven-year high

Source: Reuters

U.S. construction spending rose in July to the highest level in just over seven years as private outlays surged, providing another sign of solid economic momentum at the start of the third quarter.

August 31, 2015 China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts

Source: The Guardian

Local governments in China have submitted plans to relocate or upgrade almost 1,000 chemical plants in the wake of the massive explosions in Tianjin earlier this month that killed 147 people.

August 28, 2015 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Business Blooms in Crescent City

Source: Inc.com

It's been 10 years in the making, but New Orleans is back. Among other signs of its resurgence, Crescent City has undergone a building boom--with luxury hotels and a billion-dollar state-of-the-art health center, and more...

August 26, 2015 On Mississippi's Shore, What Katrina Erased Not yet Replaced

Source: ABC

Between Mississippi's seashore and the railroad tracks a little ways inland, where Hurricane Katrina all but erased a neighborhood 10 years ago, Efrem Garza and a handful of other homeowners are still resettling a frontier.

August 20, 2015 Home sales near eight-and-a-half-year high, brighten economic outlook

Source: Reuters

U.S. home resales rose to a near 8-1/2-year high in July and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region picked up this month, fresh signs of steady economic growth that likely keeps the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest...

August 12, 2015 How Smart Cities Enable Urban Sustainability

Source: Triple Pundit

A smart city, or connected city, uses modern digital technologies to improve the overall quality of life and performance. In addition, this allows for reduced operation costs and better communication and engagement with citizens.

July 31, 2015 Beijing wins election to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Source: USA Today

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic...

July 29, 2015 How the UN’s latest initiative could end the water crisis in 15 years

Source: Eco-Business

The troubling state of the world’s water security has come into clear focus over the last decade, and the challenge is urgent. Scientists forecast some 1.8 billion people will live with water scarcity by 2025. Pakistan for...

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