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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 14:32
Cities are the future; the near future. According to WHO projections, by 2050 over two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a city. What does this mean for public health? It could be nothing short of catastrophic, placing an increasing burden on health systems worldwide as unhealthy lifestyles associated with urban areas become commonplace. Food is fast and unhealthy, pollution is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:26
Roof-mounted semiconductors that turn solar energy into electricity have the most potential among renewable energies to supply power to the underserved in cities in emerging economies, says the latest World Resources Institute report. According to the report, Powering Cities in the Global South, solar photovoltaic systems (solar panels) are more effective at increasing access to power for poor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:50
Complex adaptive systems are hard to understand. Messy and complicated, they cannot be broken down into smaller bits. It would be easier to ignore them, or simply leave them as mysteries. But given that we are living in one such system, it might be more useful to buckle down and sort it out. That way, we can make choices that are aligned with how the world actually operates. In his book Diversity... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:26
From New York’s cafe squares to Melbourne’s laneways to the walled Fes el Bali, these pedestrian paradises combine safety, beauty and comfort. Now urban planners are taking note as they seek to hand back cities to the walkers For decades the simple act of walking was largely overlooked by city planners but, no matter how you choose to get around your city, the chances are that you are a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:31
There are a handful of truly critical global sustainability challenges that will determine whether or not the world will be prosperous and healthy by the middle of this century—or by the time my kids are my age. Can we generate energy without overheating the planet? Can we feed ourselves without despoiling landscapes and waterways? And can we build cities such that nature and people thrive?... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:30
In 1800 only about 2 percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas. That was a small wonder: Until a century ago, urban areas were some of the unhealthiest places for people to live. According to The Department of Economic and Social Affairs, half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s people are expected to live in urban areas. But in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:26
Too much of today’s conversation focuses on energy generation rather than urban design, land-use planning and zoning interventions. Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions, prompting much discussion on the neededrole of local authorities in combating climate change. Global networks of city leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to doing their share to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:28
One of the defining aspects of our current civilization and one of the most worrying trends of modernity is our urbanization as a species. When we take the long view of human history, it becomes obvious that for 99% of our history, we have been a rural people, the majority of us making our living off the land and in small, agrarian communities. Though history (especially the last 2,000 years or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:42
Emergent technologies are poised to radically change how we work and live. They will transform our cities and workplaces, shifting jobs and entrepreneurship in new directions, and spur new ways to manage our lives. All of society will be affected, up to and including how we interact with machines themselves. Sophisticated machines and applications that communicate online will accelerate demand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:28
Yet again, this week, man-made disaster was presented as a natural calamity. It is true that on August 29, Mumbai received roughly 315 mm of rain. However, this was less than half of what Mumbai received on July 26, 2005. The effect was just as crippling—the city was flooded, transport came to a halt, millions were stranded, leading to loss of life and damage to property. It was as if little had... Read more