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2013-09-10 23:22:03

Alkaline water filtration company to donate up to $10,000 for basic education to impoverished community. (PRWEB) September 10, 2013 Going back to school can be costly for some but for many children access to an education isn’t even an option. The public school system in Bangladesh does not exist in slum areas, which can make up nearly 60 per cent of the population. Getting a job outside of the slum requires a basic education, making it impossible for most of the people living there. And...

Improvements In Urban Planning Key To Protecting Global Health
2012-05-30 07:05:13

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com With the World Health Organization projecting the global urban population to almost double to 6.3 million by 2050, better urban planning is essential to improve the health of Earth´s city dwellers. In an attempt to address the potential health crisis that this booming population could cause, the University College of London and the Lancet Commission have issued a report recommending future policy initiatives that could lead to...

2012-04-07 23:02:48

Environmental Journalist Robert Weir Discusses his Seven Month Visit to India on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) April 06, 2012 "Despite the world's third largest economy, India still has huge problems with poverty, graft, water distribution and the environment. There is much to be done, especially with India's children." That's how environmental journalist Robert Weir summed up his recent seven months in India, spent mostly in Calcutta (Kolkata), working with...

2011-05-10 06:05:00

Regularization of Informal Settlements in Latin America looks at awarding titles, upgrading CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today one out of four urban residents in Latin America lives in a dwelling that does not have a legal title, or lacks urban services such as water and sanitation, or is constructed in a precarious location. Improving conditions in existing informal settlements and shantytowns in Latin American cities is a necessary and worthy goal, but the...

2011-03-22 12:20:00

World Water Day, taking place today, is an international day created by the United Nations in 1992 to address the growing global water crisis. According to the World Water Day website, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 of each year as the World Day for Water by adopting a resolution to take on the issue of the shortage of water supplies in developing countries. The U.N. said that 27 percent of the world's city dwellers in the developing world lives without piped water...

2010-10-13 08:20:00

More than 2.5 billion people at risk in urban areas WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction today the American Red Cross is releasing the 2010 World Disasters Report with a warning that the next urban disaster could be even worse than the January earthquake in Haiti which killed an estimated 230,000 people. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) (Logo:...

2010-04-07 10:40:00

WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year the focus of World Health Day is on the world's growing urban population. The theme, "1000 cities, 1000 lives" provides an opportunity to highlight the work that is being done to improve health in urban settings. The unprecedented rate of urban growth has far outstripped the ability of these cities to provide infrastructure for new residents. This lack of infrastructure will lead to an estimated 2 billion people living in slums...

2010-03-24 12:18:00

ARNHEM, Netherlands, March 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the international design, consulting, engineering and management services company, and UN-HABITAT, the United Nations agency for human settlements, launch today a three-year collaboration aimed at a common goal: to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. By becoming a main partner of UN-HABITAT, ARCADIS will commit its staff members, expertise and skills to help bring...

2009-07-21 09:00:00

CHF International receives $1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to connect India's slum population with jobs using cellular technology SILVER SPRING, Md., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- How do you create economic opportunities for thousands of workers who are excluded from the traditional employment market? You create a virtual marketplace. Through a groundbreaking mobile program called LabourNet, CHF International (CHF) is currently creating such a marketplace to...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.