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Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 08:56
The planet needs to shift to fully renewable sources of energy. No kidding. Yet "policy makers have taken up measures nowhere near proportional to the urgency to act,” writes entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett in the foreword. “Therefore this policy handbook serves as a tool to push us over the verge to a fossil free world.” It provides case studies for 8 places that include cities (San Francisco,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:36
Resilience is the ability of people, organizations or systems to prepare for, respond, recover from and thrive in the face of hazards. The goal is to ensure the continuity and advancement of economic prosperity, business success, environmental quality and human well-being, despite external threats. In a globalized world, only the most resilient cities will remain economically competitive and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:11
A new United Nations-backed report launched today reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events – almost three times more than by conflict in the same year. The report, Global Estimates 2014: people displaced by disasters, conducted by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:15
Urban China is a joint research report by a team from the World Bank and the Development Research Center of China's State Council, which was established to address the challenges and opportunities of urbanization in China, and to help China forge a new model of urbanization. The report takes as its point of departure the conviction that China's urbanization can become more efficient, inclusive,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 10:46
This year, the Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) is being launched in the run up to the critical series of international climate meetings and negotiations that are kicking off in New York, then moving on to Lima and Paris by December 2015. In the 6th year of LCEI, we face an unmistakable trend in the data, which is that each year, the global economy has failed to decarbonize beyond business-as-... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 09:14
The African continent is currently in the midst of simultaneously unfolding and highly significant demographic, economic, technological, environmental, urban and socio-political transitions. Africa’s economic performance is promising, with booming cities supporting growing middle classes and creating sizable consumer markets. But despite significant overall growth, not all of Africa performs well... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 - 11:11
Since 2007, the New York City Department of Transportation has installed over 30 miles of protected bicycle lanes throughout the city, including several parking protected bicycle lanes on various avenues in Manhattan. The following report contains an analysis of how some of these Manhattan routes have impacted safety, mobility, and economic vitality. Routes were chosen for inclusion if they had... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:26
“Protracted and recurrent crises have become the norm… Humanitarian aid agencies are finding themselves on the ground for years on end.” OCHA, the international body in charge of immediate, post-crisis rescue needs, is sounding the alarm that aid needs to shift from being reactive to preventative. Source: OCHA NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:34
The Health Economic Assessment Tool, or HEAT, can be used when planning new infrastructure for cyclists or pedestrians, and provides valuable information for related economic and health impact assessments. The tool can also help make the case for more investment in cycling and walking facilities by estimating the benefits of achieving national targets or illustrating potential consequences of... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:21
Cities have been the engines of productivity and growth throughout history, and will be essential to the futuregrowth and competitiveness of nations and regions. This is especially true at a time of massive and rapid urbanization in emerging markets; hence, the focus on the competitiveness of cities.In this report, six global “megatrends” especially relevant to cities are identified: (1)... Read more