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  • SPECIAL REPORT Auroville: an experiment in sustainable living

    29 March 2004

    On February 28, 1968, a remarkable experiment in what might now be called 'sustainable living' began on a hot, dry, deforested and eroded plateau on the Coromandel Coast of Tamil Nadu in South India. Children from 124 countries brought soil from each of their lands as a symbol of international unity and to mark the founding of the future 'city' of Auroville. Here, people from all nations and religions would come to live in harmony with each other and with the natural environment. Both the Indian Government and the United Nations gave their blessing. This year, John Rowley was invited to see how this utopian experiment is progressing. He arrived as 1,800 Aurovilians and their guests, gathered by starlight to celebrate the city's 36th birthday. This is his report.

  • China plans to pass the US on fuel economy

    5 March 2004

    China is planning to require vehicle manufacturers to make lighter, more efficient vehicles that will help curb the country's oil imports from the Middle East. The move might have important environmental consequences around the globe, as Curtis Runyan reports.

  • Untangling traffic in Kabul

    4 March 2004

    A plan to restore electric bus service in Kabul may go a long way towards easing congestion and pollution. Lailuma Saded, Shahbuddin Tarakhel and Wahidullah Amani report from Kabul.

  • Slum creates its own web site

    7 November 2003

    Our roving reporter, Rasna Warah, reports from Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro's largest slum, on a brand new experience in internet communication.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Architects are helping Cuba's housing revolution

    24 June 2003

    For over 40 years, the Cuban government has been struggling to maintain its radical social housing programme, based on the principle that affordable housing is a social right for everybody. Five years ago it adopted the idea of Community Architects, to help solve individual housing problems. In this specially-commissioned report, Rasna Warah reports on its success - and the difficulties that remain.

  • Car wars: learning from Bogota

    28 March 2003

    Traffic accidents are killing millions in the developing world - but there is a solution from which the west should learn.

  • Bogotá designs transportation for people, not cars

    17 February 2003

    When Enrique Peñalosa became mayor of Bogotá, Colombia in 1998, he asked a question that is changing the way people all over the world think about cities: "In Bogotá, where 85 per cent of the people do not use cars for their daily transport, is it fair that cars occupy most of the space on the streets?"

  • Interview: Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT

    5 February 2003

    In many cities in the developing world, 50 to 70 per cent of the population lives in spontaneous settlements, slums, kampungs and favelas, according to UN-HABITAT. AnnaTibaijukaIt estimates that there is about one billion poor people living without adequate shelter or basic services in the slums and squatter settlements. Here, Anna Tibaijuka, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director speaks to Dorothy Morrisey about the problems of the urban poor.

  • One mother's struggle for survival in a Nairobi slum

    7 January 2003

    Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, hosts some of the most dense, unsanitary and insecure slums in the world. And women play a key role in attempts to improve things. Here, Rasna Warah tells the story of one woman's struggle to meet her family's needs in the Kibera slum settlement in Nairobi.

  • Kobe rises green from the ashes

    6 November 2002

    The earthquake that struck Kobe in the early morning hours of 17 January, 1995, reduced much of Japan's premier port city to rubble within 20 seconds. Despite 4,600 deaths and 120,000 buildings damaged or destroyed, the real story was not the devastation but how the city was able to rebuild most of the damaged areas within two years and regenerate its economy and its environment in the process. Don Hinrichsen reports.