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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 15:20
How do transport modes influence people's health? A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, has concluded that cycling is the mode of transport associated with the greatest health benefits: better self-perceived general health, better mental health and fewer feelings of loneliness. The study formed part of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 14:39
Tuesday was another Election Day in the United States, and the marquee showdown was a special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. At the time of writing, the race was still too close to call. But the theme of the results was clear, no matter the winner. The district, which covers a swath of suburbs and rural areas near the state capital, Columbus, has been solidly Republican for more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:47
It’s the urban age for people – and for other species too – so it’s time to start planning for all the plants and animals that call our cities home The urban age is upon us, with 4.2 billion people (55 per cent of the global population) now living in cities. Some argue urbanisation is inevitably leading to humans disconnecting from nature and failing to see the environmental destruction at the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:23
Although we remain in the early stages, it is clear that a ‘Smart City’ revolution is sweeping the world. Technology driven solutions are being used to rethink and reshape the way that urban areas function. These solutions bring with them the promise of future cities that are more efficient with resources, more equitable for residents, and more resilient to climate events. As with any young... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:55
The Austrian capital has replaced Melbourne to become this year’s Economist Intelligence Unit’s “most liveable city”. Increases in ranking in the stability category meant Vienna took first place out of the 140 cities surveyed, beating Melbourne–which had won the past seven years–by 0.7 percent. Copenhagen (9) was the only other European city to feature in the top 10 while two other Australian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:09
The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots When July’s heatwave swept through the Canadian province of Quebec, killing more than 90 people in little over a week, the unrelenting sunshine threw the disparities between rich and poor into sharp relief. While the well-heeled residents of Montreal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 09:40
America’s small towns are fighting back against climate change denial and lack of leadership at the federal, and in many cases, state levels by taking matters into their own hands and moving forward to build greater climate resilience. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, with 85 mayors along the river, has developed a Climate/Disaster Resilience and Adaptation program because they... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 09:15
Tokyo leapfrogged London and New York after embracing robotics and 3D manufacturing LONDON - Tokyo topped a list of the world's most innovative cities on Friday, leapfrogging London and New York after embracing the "globe-shaking trends of robotics and 3D manufacturing". The Japanese capital has risen rapidly since entering the top 10 of the Innovation Cities Index three years ago behind Paris,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 08:59
Air pollution is now the fourth biggest killer in the world after smoking, high blood pressure and diet. It contributes to more than six million deaths every year. The majority of these are in poorer nations. Worryingly, air quality may become increasingly worse with rapidly expanding urbanization. More than half the world’s population now live in cities. By 2050, this will reach two thirds.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:09
The sun, oceans and nature provide a welcome respite to all of us, especially those living in cities without regular access to such resources. However, as urbanization continues to increase, how do we ensure that we collectively continue to enjoy nature and live in harmony with the environment? Unplanned urbanization combined with limited land has created over-crowding, degradation of natural... Read more