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A water supervision device to prevent dehydration

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by Elsa Sidawy | 02.28.10

Heat waves have had disastrous consequences on people’s health, particularly fragile persons such as senior citizens. Beyond these crisis periods, dehydration is a phenomenon that should be taken seriously. The firm Edelia, a subsidiary company of the EDF group, specialized in the installation and supervision of individual consumptions of water, gas and electricity, has put [...]

The bus shelter of the future will offer a range of interactive services

The bus shelter of the future will offer a range of interactive services

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by Elsa Sidawy | 02.28.10

Imagined by the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the EyeStop is an innovative concept of bus shelter. From tourist information to exact bus timetables, and including the possibility to communicate with other users, this futuristic bus shelter makes a promise to change the way people experience public transportation.

Mechanical hawks scare pigeons away

Mechanical hawks scare pigeons away

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by Elsa Sidawy | 02.27.10

Many big cities have to fight against the excessive number of pigeon populations. Every means is good to push away these invaders, the particularly corrosive droppings of which cause costly deterioration of public places. Liverpool uses an original device: a deterrent mechanical hawk.

Horses back into town

Horses back into town

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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.24.10

Could horses be a pertinent solution to accomplish a few the tasks that are essential to communities? This is the challenge a hundred of French towns – some of them for several years now – have already taken up. With what results? Let’s have a look at five equestrian initiatives from waste collection to people transportation including mounted police.

Troyes walls go green

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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.23.10

Thanks to the operation “Let’s make our walls go green” launched last November, the inhabitants of Troyes can now embellish their fronts by growing their plants directly on public ground. Even better: the plant ditch is made free of charge by the municipality’s technical services. In exchange, people are responsible for planting and looking after [...]

Sherbrooke, the green university

Sherbrooke, the green university

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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.23.10

Its has been already three years that the Sherbrooke university of Quebec has endowed itself with a vice-president in charge of sustainable development then with a “Sustainable Development Action Plan”. The campus being located a few kilometers from the city center, the main practical measures impact student and staff mobility. But the approach is more global: internally it now affects the university curriculum itself, and externally the city draws profits from it.

“Authorities must help sustainable tourism SMEs”

“Authorities must help sustainable tourism SMEs”

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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.21.10

ViaTao publishes tourist guides “designed for sustainable tourism” that are entirely written by local authors. Its small team militates for ecological, ethical travels aimed at meeting inhabitants. Convinced that eventually tourists will go (a lot) nearer, ViaTao wishes to contribute to the development of local tourism and is even offering local authorities its services. Interview with Eléonore Devillers, founder and president of ViaTao.

Brixton supports economy with local currency

Brixton supports economy with local currency

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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.21.10

One of the major stakes for cities is the maintaining of a commercial activity in situ. For both economic and ecological reasons. Tomorrow sustainable cities will offer the possibility to shop in their centers, moreover on a bike! In order to reach that goal, Brixton, in the southern area of London, explores the idea of [...]


German Wall reinvents phone booth

German Wall reinvents phone booth

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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.19.10

In big European cities, already saturated by hoardings, street furniture companies experience difficulties finding available spaces and above all convincing public authorities to create some more. As an answer, Wall AG, Germany’s number 2 in exterior communication, has been preparing the ground since 2005 with BlueSpot, a multimedia access point enabling people, among other things, to call free any landline number in Germany.

Lung cells to measure air pollution

Lung cells to measure air pollution

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by Olivier Barrellier | 02.15.10

Systems for measuring pollution use passive sensors which measure the levels of some pollutants. The risks to public health are then deducted based on known interactions between each pollutant and the human body. Researchers at the University of Metz offer a complementary approach, whi is to measure the real impact of pollution on a culture of lung cells, without seeking to establish the exact composition of the air.

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