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[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:07
In this guest blog, Sabrina McNew, discusses her research published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, which examines the effects of urbanization on epigenetic variation between Darwin’s finch populations Humans have altered natural environments in profound and permanent ways. Indeed, various forms of human disturbance, including habitat destruction, an influx of trash, noise pollution, or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 12:57
WHEN PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, he framed it as a stark choice: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he declared. The mayors of those cities don't see it that way. In a joint op-ed in the New York Times, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto declared their unity in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:15
BRT and light rail plans for Kenya’s capital will most likely leave the privately owned and much maligned matatus and boda-bodas behind. Their operators, however, won’t likely go away without a fight. Earlier this year, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta inaugurated a new railway line connecting Nairobi to Mombasa, the single most traveled route in the country. Expected to carry several thousand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 16:25
India’s burgeoning cities are famous the world over for their startling vibrancy – and, sometimes, their startling problems. A new national policy, enshrining more transit-friendly development principles, aims to steer urban planning in the world’s largest democracy towards more compact and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and streets. The World Bank projects that India will lead the global... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 15:03
The City & You: Find Your Best Place Presented by: Prof. Richard FloridaUniversity ProfessorDirector of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of ManagementUniversity of Toronto A free five-week MOOC (massive open online course) Starting September 25, 2017 Exclusive benefits just for U of T Alumni Three of the biggest decisions we make in life are our career, choice of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:40
UN projections suggest that the world’s urban population will reach 6.3 billion by 2050, up 2.7 billion from the roughly 3.6 billion people living in cities as of 2010. The vast majority of these new urban residents – over 90 per cent – will be added to the cities of low- and middle- income countries – such as Ethiopia, Tanzania, China, and India. All of this urbanisation should be good for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 10:44
Spring and summer 2017 have been among the wettest on record in eastern North America, including southern Ontario. Rainfall amounts in the spring broke records in places like Toronto, where 44.6 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours. The relentless downpours caused the stormwater infrastructure in Canada’s biggest city to overflow, leading to flooding of busy downtown streets. Urbanization in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 17:54
My wife recently gave birth to our first child. It’s an exciting time – and also one that portends great changes for our future. Cities are supposedly hostile to children. But living on the Upper West Side of New York, we’ve experienced nothing but oohs and ahhs over our son. The people in our neighborhood love children. And there are plenty of them around. The UWS is one of those places you... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 16:57
The goal of the Global Urban Health Session is to discuss policy translation and training opportunities and challenges in urban health from the perspective of global urban health leaders from various regions of the world. The setting will be informal and the event will have a special focus on junior investigators and trainees.  The event is open to the Drexel community and to external guests by... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 14:04
Following the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to make the Emirate as the smartest and happiest city, the government of Dubai has implemented several innovative programs and smart city services, under the key dimensions of Smart Economy, Smart Living, Smart Mobility, Smart Governance, Smart Environment... Read more