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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:26
Homeless people are more likely to have underlying health conditions than the wider population, which puts them at greater risk of dying from COVID-19. California’s Governor estimates that up to 60,000 homeless people in the state could end up infected with COVID-19. Cities around the world are coming up with contingency plans – London’s Mayor is making 300 hotel rooms available so homeless... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:22
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening lives and economies around the world. But it has also demonstrated that human societies are capable of transforming themselves more or less overnight. Four experts say now is the time to usher in systemic economic change. The COVID-19 coronavirus has forced entire countries into lockdown mode, terrified citizens around the world, and triggered a financial-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:16
As the world closes in on itself to contain the coronavirus, people are rightfully worried about how the places where they live are affecting their health and well-being. Is it safer to be in a rural area to avoid the seemingly perilous density of a metropolis? Or in a city where health care and other resources are close at hand? As the pandemic expands nationally—upending life in dense urban... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:03
Be part of the transformation! Local transformation needs to be brought to the next level in all aspects of society. Europe needs solutions for major environmental, economic and social challenges! ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Mannheim will bring together local and regional leaders, European and international institutions and  some of the brightest minds working on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:57
Transport for London (TfL) will seek government support after a fall in passenger numbers over the past week as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With an increasing amount of people now working from home, the transit operator reported that passenger numbers on the underground were down by 19 percent, while bus use has fallen by 10 percent when compared to the same time last year.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:55
Cities that refuse to pay cybercriminals a ransom can often end up paying more in recovery costs and lost revenue, says a new report by Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights. It cites the City of Baltimore which refused a US$76,000 ransom demand, only to suffer over US$18 million in recovery costs and lost revenues. In 2019 alone, governments reported 163 ransomware attacks with more than US$... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:50
Thirteen solutions to assist cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic have been made available online through the portal. The portal–a “smart” marketplace that helps break down procurement barriers, allowing technology solutions to be implemented faster and more efficiently–is listing solutions–to respond to the pandemic–that are being offered by companies for free, or at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:44
Nontsundu Ndonga in uMhlathuze, South Africa, is now requiring all applications to the planning department to be completed online to eliminate the need for in-person consultations. Chris Castro in Orlando, Florida, USA, has had to postpone all of the city’s in-person Earth Day activities. Lotte Suveri, in Turku, Finland, has put all their social media campaigns about climate change on hold so... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:39
City residents are being forced out by mobs which terrorise impoverished urban districts with extortion, violence and murder CUSCATLAN/TEGUCIGALPA, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Liliana was there when local men abducted her teenage friend on the outskirts of El Salvador's capital, and she saw exactly who did it. But when police came to question her, she kept quiet. Her family, who were... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:59
From subway straps to scooters, urban living is all about sharing stuff — and swapping germs. Here’s how to lower your risk of contracting Covid-19. At a time of growing fear around the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, it’s not hard to tumble into a spiral of catastrophizing. Even the most mundane interactions of urban life suddenly feel like a high-stakes gamble: Gripping a subway strap, a... Read more