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Civil Engineering - Business / Economics - 12.11.2013
Cycling safety - what Copenhagen can teach global cities
A study from Lund University in Sweden has compared the role of urban cycling and transport planning in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden, and the results could serve as a guide for other cities struggling with cycling safety.

Civil Engineering - 06.11.2013
Popular ’Door-in-the-Face’ Persuasion Strategy Can Sometimes Backfire, Study Shows
AUSTIN, Texas — A manipulation strategy often used in marketing and fundraising known as "Door-in-the-Face" could backfire among less concrete thinkers, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. Used widely for decades, the Door-in-the-Face persuasion strategy begins with an extreme request (say, for a donation of $500) that ends with a proverbial door being slammed in the requester's face and quickly follows up with a more moderate, smaller request (a $10 gift).

Civil Engineering - Environment - 07.05.2013
Manufacturing areas are lighting up the City
Manufacturing areas in the city of Birmingham, which represent only a small percentage of the city's land area, are contributing significantly to urban lighting, according to research carried out by University of Birmingham environmental scientists published in the journal PLOS ONE today (Monday 6th May 2013).

Civil Engineering - Environment - 18.02.2013
Hot in the City? How plants can help lower the temperature in towns
Thermal video and still images including aerials are available on request. Nick Williams, University of Melbourne, P: 03 9035 6850, E: Andrew Coutts, Monash University, P: 03 9905 8284, E: Nerissa Hannink, University of Melbourne media office, P: 8344 8151, M: 0430 588 055, E: As Melbourne swelters through another heat wave, scientists are using thermal imaging to work out how plants can be used to reduce the severe temperatures in our cities.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 13.02.2013
Toronto can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent
Toronto - and other cities around the world - can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing aggressive but practical policy changes, says a new study by University of Toronto Civil Engineering Professor Chris Kennedy and World Bank climate change specialist Lorraine Sugar , one of Kennedy's former students.