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[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 17, 2019 - 00:39
3D printing is quickly becoming a promising solution for cities. The market is estimated to reach $40 billion by 2027, offering housing that’s affordable, sustainable, and cost-efficient. In the following infographic, BigRentz covers how these revolutionary concrete homes are printed, the benefits of 3D printed homes, the costs and timelines of building, and how they can revolutionize our housing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 14:28
Urbanization is a defining phenomenon of our time, with an estimated 80% of global economic activity now generated in cities and an increase of two billion city residents, globally, between 2000 and 2030.  Cities face an ever-increasing demand for land to accommodate their rising population. Meanwhile, cities have become responsible for providing more services to more people, but they often lack... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:41
Barcelona, London, Paris, Cape Town, Hong Kong, and San Francisco are among 43 cities to have been recognised as global climate leaders by CDP. The international non-profit has chosen the start of EU Green Week to release its first-ever A-List of climate cities, with some 596 cities each being given a score between A and D- based on their environmental performance. Of those cities to receive the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:38
Positive change happens in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living, traffic jams and inequality. When we launched the WRI Ross Prize for Cities in February 2018, we aimed to spotlight projects that have had a positive transformative impact on their communities and cities. We ultimately uncovered five initiatives generating life-changing impacts... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:34
Over the next 16 years, all of the world’s 10 fastest growing cities are going to be in Africa. If this growth is a process of people voting with their feet, as last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics Paul Romer once put it, these cities are winning. Yet urbanisation in many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is not delivering the benefits of people and firms... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:30
Plastic pollution is a blight in our cities and landscapes and is harming our rivers and oceans. Experts estimatethat 300,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste from the United States (U.S.) pollute the ocean every year, which is about 65 dump trucks of plastic waste per day. News of plastic pollution in the U.S. continues to make headlines: Tennessee River is among the most polluted in the world. “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 02:58
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[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:39
US reportedly opposed deal, which follows concerns that villages in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia had ‘turned into dumpsites’   Almost all the world’s countries have agreed on a deal aimed at restricting shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries, the United Nations announced on Friday. Exporting countries – including the US – now will have to obtain consent from countries... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:29
Mayors from 210 European cities have issued an open letter calling for the European Council to commit to a new long-term climate strategy when they met at the Future of Europe summit in Romania on 9 May. The letter, which was signed by city leaders from 21 EU member states and seven neighbouring countries, includes demands to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, oversee a swift energy transition,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:27
Six cities are to work with digital democracy platform CitizenLab to explore if artificial intelligence (AI) can translate different citizen inputs into actionable policy recommendations more quickly. The six cities–yet to be chosen–will be of different sizes and geographical locations where CitizenLab will first look at how civil servants currently collect, analyse and use citizen-generated... Read more