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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 14:52
When humans settled into larger villages and towns some 12,000 years ago along with the advance of agriculture, wildlife took advantage. Those species “preadapted” to survive in early cities, including mice and rats, grabbed onto the coattails of modern civilization and haven’t looked back since. Now they pretty much depend on the underbelly of human society for survival. A new study published in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 16:13
Hong Kong has been ranked the top city worldwide for sustainable transport in the 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index from Arcadis. The research examined 100 major cities across 23 different indicators to give an indicative ranking of the mobility and sustainability of their transportation systems. Hong Kong leads the pack thanks to its well-connected and innovative transport network which... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 16:06
New Delhi, India, November 1, 2017: The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, orGPSC, announced an important development during their 2nd annual conference this week: India is establishing its own platform for sustainable cities, to mirror the expanding initiative. India’s announcement at the conference – attended by 200 mayors and other municipal officials, academics, and business leaders... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 15:04
This year’s theme for World Cities Day, “Innovative Governance, Open Cities,” emphasizes the implementation of the global New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the creation of livable, sustainable cities conducive to inclusive growth and development. Smart cities in particular can be key tools toward achieving these global goals. The International... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 13:05
In late September, London made headlineswhen it stripped popular ride-hailing app Uber of its license to operate in the city. The wall-to-wall coverage that followed the decision was a sign, if any more were needed, that we are on the cusp of an urban mobility revolution. Ride-hailing systems, car- and bicycle-sharing networks, trip-planning apps and other innovative services that capitalize on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:51
In 2015, the Narendra Modi Government has come up with Smart Cities Mission to digitally and economically transform nearly 100 cities in the country. Since a big pie of the GDP comes from these cities, the Government is quite keen on this transformation. According to the Government, a smart city is seen to be: Housing and inclusiveness- Expanding housing opportunities for all. The real estate,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:21
The UN is warning that we are now on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C. Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. However, with latest projections pointing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:04
Earlier this month, an international sustainability conference brought together 400 sustainability experts, engineers and political leaders representing 50 ‘Lighthouse’ cities to discuss the threat of climate change Unlike other sustainability conferences, where discussions rarely ever turn into action, this was a little different. The emphasis here was on the role of residents, businesses, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:24
There is strength in numbers, the old idiom goes. Indeed, history shows that collaboration fosters ideas and results. Next week, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC, will convene in New Delhi, India, to again share ideas and build on their collective vision: to work towards shaping cities that are sustainable, thriving, and inclusive through the decades ahead. The gathering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:02
Energy-efficient construction is key to lowering urban emissions, study finds What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not... Read more