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Sustainable Cities?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2010 in Sustainability | 21 comments

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According to the website Sustainable Cities from Denmark, which introduces cities throughout the world who claim to be Sustainable.

One example is the city of Jamshedpur in India. This city is Harvesting Rain Water.

The central water collector is the artificial Dimna Lake, some 13 kilometer away from the city. An enormous infrastructure is needed to manage this amount of water from the city to the lake. Three main pipes transport the water to the lake.

The infrastructure is already built and it would be foolish not use it. But it must be clear, that this megalomaniac concept of a infrastructure is not sustainable and in no way an example for cities, which, as yet, do not harvest rain water.

The solution is a simple one, instead of thinking big, the solution is found in the small level.

This is also happening in Jamshedpur and for this it must be praised. Even local schools, residential colonies and housing complexes will harvest rain water.

What Jamshedpur does not seem to do is to use Thermal Solar Panels to produce energy and in the same process distills the fluids from the sewage.

The strain on the existing infrastructure will in time lessen, which will make maintenance much easier and cheaper for the public!


Another example is Madrid in Spain. The city government of Madrid, Spain must be commended. It has set itself the objectives to develop the city a new traffic plan. Whole infrastructure for this purpose are reserved for the alternative transport. In 1995 the High Occupancy Vehicle lane was opened in North-West Madrid. It means, that a lane is reserved for cars which transport more than one passenger.

The author of the article mentioned the Lightweight vehicle and Biofuel as part of the solution in public transportation. But the author did not go into details concerning the lightweight vehicle. This is, what we at Nesseq, call the Ultra Light City Vehicle (ULCV).

Someone called Dave, mentioned in a comment a car sharing concept, which is rather a car rental. If someone needs a car s/he rents one. The ULCV would be the ideal solution for such an enterprise. The ULCV, since it only drives in the city does not have to drive faster then 50-60 kilometer per hour and could be built for 1 to many more. That the buses for public transportation in the city are built to drive faster as the necessary 50-60 km/h is simply a waste of resources and energy. Also the car rental could be run by a Communal Co-operative.

Those are only two examples of many more and it is really encouraging that things are moving in the right direction. But one cannot help the feeling that much more could be happening and it must be much faster! Cities have the biggest potential to develop Sustainability but it seems to take a awful long time until something is happening.

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    • Admin (Max)

      Dear Albert,
      thank you for your kind comment. But I you won’t be able to visit my classes since I do not teach at any university. My class is this website. And when I get to it, I will open a channel in Youtube.
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  12. Odev

    Thanks Max for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

    • Admin (Max)

      Dear Odev,
      thank you for your encouragment. I always try to publish 2-3 posts a week. Sometimes I’m not able to but I try. So keep visiting Nesseq and you stay updated.
      Thank you,

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  14. Kelly

    better start taxing more now, so in our 10 million years into the future, were ready! lmao as global warming supersticions caused by 100 years of mankind using fossil fuels is typical thinking of liberals. Anything for the one world government they so believe will create utopia when its nothing but a bunch of over thinkers who dont realize that there will always be the predators who will never allow utopia.

  15. Onrion Man

    Humans responsible for All Bad Stuff!

    The Downfall of the Earth?

    Since When did We Ever Get that Powerful?

    If We Are Even Arrogantly That Powerful, Why Not Use Some of That Power And Rebuild It?

    Are All “Scientists?” That (Unmentionable Word!) Ignorant of the real power humans have (Unless, Of Course, Nukes are Used)? Why do these “Scientists?” Assume (Instead of Using Science) that we mere Humans are SO Vastly Powerful?

    Why Do Not “Scientists?” Study Science and See That What May Be Undone Can Easily Be Corrected (What Little Us Mere Humans Do) -Back to The Original Status? -If We Are so Powerful!

    As Humans – We Bicker Back and Forth – About Which Is Which – Evolution -Or – Creation.

    And those Deciding On Evolution being the “ONLY” “TRUE” Reason for the Existence of Everything – Why are They So Myopic and Shortsighted – As To Not Observe That There Are Laws By Which Everything Is Kept In Existence?

    Now the Big Question For Them Is This, – The Laws Of -Physics, Chemistry, Math, Etc –By Which Everything is Governed and Kept In Order , Do They Ever Happen Think To Ask –Who Keeps These Laws IN EXISTENCE??????

    These Laws Govern Evolution Also! So Who Keeps These Laws Working and Keeps Evolution Working – As Result????

    IS The Answer – Somebody?

    Do they Think A Law Can Create Itself? If So, What Ever Happened To Entropy? Have They Not Noticed How Quick Entropy Works At A Room Getting Cold –When The Heat Is Turned OFF? That Is Entropy! Everything Goes To Nothing – And Fast!

    So – Who Is That Somebody Keeping The LAWS in Existence? Could It Just Be Someone Called “GOD”????? And does that Someone have to worry about TIME? Might He Also – Being all Powerful – Have Created The LAWS Controlling Time?

    There is A Very INTERESTING Article in one Of The “AMERCAN LABORATORY” Magazines for the Years Between 1989 and 1995, wherein the Author of the Article describes his findings on his Study of “GRAPHIC GRANITE”, which all should know is an igneous rock – once of melted condition – , in the which he found that the radioactive decay series existed – but all of the series came into existence at one time. Could this mean the Whole Series Was Created in moment of time, According to a Plan? Search for this article – those interested as scientists – could it be there is an EXACTING Creator that exists knowing – but practicing the principle of “KEEPA YOU HANDS OFF” to the Hilt?

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