Fire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

Shack fires are an unremitting scourge facing urban townships. In South Africa, between 2000 and 2010, over 230 000 people were made homeless by fires. Growing urban populations together with inadequate services, in particular electricity and water, means urban shack fires will continue to take their toll. There is an urgent need for effective solutions to address the major causes. Last year, the City responded to 1,177 fire incidents in informal settlements around Cape Town. According to the City 3,480… Read moreFire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

ERC Seminar Series: Sustainable communities and equity – Opportunities and challenges in California’s climate change legislation

Chris Benner – Associate Professor, Community and Regional Development, Department of Human Ecology, University of California Davis In 2008, California passed landmark legislation (SB 375) designed to help meet required greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, through promoting integrated land use, housing and transportation planning. Metropolitan regions in California are now required to produce a Sustainable Community Strategy that demonstrates how they will reach these GHG targets by reducing sprawl and increasing transit oriented development. Social equity advocates see SB 375 as… Read moreERC Seminar Series: Sustainable communities and equity – Opportunities and challenges in California’s climate change legislation