While more than half of the world population lives in cities, only a fourth of the world’s governments have urban development policies at all, and even those existing ones are not sufficient to make cities sustainable, says a new report. The report, from the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Coalition...
Taking charge as the chairman of the African Union, president Paul Kagame of Rwanda announced the launch of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), at the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Sunday. "Today we launch the Single African Air Transport Market, a major step forward...
An oil spill in the East China sea due to the sinking of a tanker carrying 111,000 tons of condensate has tripled in size in three days, spreading over an area of 332 square kilometres (128 square miles) . The Iranian vessel sank on January 14 after it collided with...
David Hensher, University of Sydney The working year has not got off to a good start for Sydney trains and the New South Wales government. The rail network went into meltdown with chaos at many stations and trains delayed or cancelled. To add to this woe a 24-hour train driver...
Will Osborn, China Dialogue Trucks are getting a lot of attention at the moment as companies like Tesla and Volvo race to design and manufacture battery-powered models with self-driving technology. But this hi-tech future of sleek, driverless trucks may be a while off yet. In the meantime, companies can limit fuel...
By Zhang Chun for China Dialogue Traditionally, Taiyuan has had little to distinguish itself from most other Chinese cities. As the capital city of Shanxi province in the north-east, it is best known as a coal-mining economy and home to many of the industry’s wealthy owners. But recently it has entered...
Mumbai may get to see more number of air-conditioned trains, improvements in track lines and condition of suburban railway stations, as the government is planning to allocate about Rs 50,000 crore for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III. The Indian Express reported that it has got an in-principle approval...
Countries that do not invest in road safety could incur big economic losses, to the tune of 7 and 22% in potential per capita GDP growth over a 24-year period, says a study by the World Bank. It said that the cost of inaction on road safety is more than...
In a bid to reduce road accidents, the French government said it would reduce the speed limit on two-lane highways from 90km/hour to 80km/hour. While the country saw 3,500 road accidents in 2016, "excessive or inappropriate” speed was behind 32% of them. The government says lowering of speeds would save...
Montreal-based International civil aviation organisation will come up with a training programme to help airline cabin crew spot possible victims of human trafficking. The training programme will be formulated in association with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). In human trafficking, men, women and children are kept out transferred forcefully...

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