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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 17:47
Seeking an integrated approach In 2018, Lao PDR suffered its most costly floods in a decade. Heavy rains from two tropical cyclones were compounded by the collapse of a saddle dam in Attapeu province, which caused flash floods. Overall, more than 600,000 people across the country were affected, and 64 people lost their lives. The destruction of farms and microenterprises, along with the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 17:35
When most people think of electric vehicles, we think of cars, like Teslas, Chevy Bolts and Nissan Leafs. But trucks and buses are going electric, too, and the impact on both our air and our economy could be huge. In 2016, we at The Greenlining Institute joined forces with The Union of Concerned Scientists to analyze the growing electric truck and bus industry, producing the report “Delivering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 16:58
The development of Smart City strategies and initiatives is in full swing in Australia. Early on, the focus for cities was on next generation broadband rollouts, largely centred on the Australian National Broadband Network and 4G LTE, and digital economic strategies. Moving forward from there, the commencement of Smart City sensor network rollouts, connected infrastructure, and data driven... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 16:51
Around 68% of the global population might live in urban areas by 2050. Smart cities will likely be a part of this future, promising to make our lives more convenient, more secure and more sustainable. Mostly, the stakeholders of smart city projects are politicians, consultants, academics and tech companies. However, the most important group of stakeholders is often missing: the ordinary... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 16:35
An international team of researchers has carried out the first systematic global review of water reallocation from rural to urban regions—the practice of transferring water from rural areas to cities to meet demand from growing urban populations. They found that 69 cities with a population of 383 million people receive approximately 16 billion cubic meters of reallocated water per year—almost the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 17:18
Here is something you might try if you live in Britain. Go to your favourite urban place, whether it be the centre of a large city or a small market town. Close your eyes, turn around three times and walk in that direction for 15 minutes (or an hour if you’re in London). I can predict with a reasonable degree of confidence that the place where you end up will be crap. You may be stuck in the no-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:49
Contrary to popular belief, the developed world isn’t the best role model when it comes to urban development. In fact, says Gerald Babel-Suter, the founder and CEO of the Urban Future Global Conference, the developing world can learn more about what not to do from Europe and North America than what to do. A classic example, he says in an interview, is mobility. “Everything has been centered... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:42
Every year, the world’s most “liveable” cities are celebrated, in city rankings published by Mercer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Monocle Magazine. Global institutions including UN Habitat and the OECD are also joining consultancies, media organisations and think tanks, in the quest to compare living standards and well-being in cities. At the last count, there were more than 30 urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:33
While cities worldwide are engines of growth and prosperity, this growth is unevenly shared across social groups and often fails to trickle down to certain categories of the population. Although inequalities have fallen globally over the past three decades thanks to 500 million people lifted out of poverty in China, inequalities within and across countries have increased, with 10 percent of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 15:36
Urban transformation award goes to SARSAI for creating safer journeys to school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and across Africa NEW YORK (April 10, 2019)—The inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities, a $250,000 award celebrating and spotlighting urban transformation, was awarded to SARSAI, which stands for School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements, an incisive, easily replicable and highly... Read more