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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:45
'Unfortunately, conservation of forests in one country often just shifts deforestation to another'   BANGKOK - Sprawling urban areas and expanding plantations are placing greater pressure on forests and resources in Asia-Pacific, hurting rural communities and exacerbating the effects of climate change, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday. The region has the world's lowest per capita... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:33
When countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the inclusion of SDG 11 highlighted the importance of urbanization to sustainable development, and committed national governments to support cities in becoming more inclusive and resilient. Four years in, it is clear that cities matter for much more than SDG 11. Mayors and local government officials are demonstrating that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:27
Cities are what keep the global economic machine humming. Over 80% of the world’s economic output is derived from activities in cities – and more specifically, it’s estimated that 60% of GDP growth occurs in just the top 600 urban centers. Given the above, it’s fair to say that the destiny of humankind is directly linked to what happens in major cities. Further, how urbanization plays out over... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:19
A Schizophrenic Approach to Building Cities Two currents — so far, irreconcilable and mutually exclusive — are shaping our cities. On the one hand, we have vast construction projects churning profits for multinationals, local firms, and indirectly for stockholders. The media is inundated with their exciting images, and the developing world appears as a testing-ground for the more ambitious (and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:15
The City of Kigali has been named Public Health Laureate for 2019 Wellbeing City Award, thanks to the cities’ bimonthly car-free day. The award was announced Thursday by NewCities, a global non-profit committed to shaping a better urban future, along with Novartis Foundation, Novartis US Foundation, and City of Montréal. The prestigious Wellbeing City Award is the first international initiative... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:58
"What's not clear is where property rights end as far as national airspace starts. And that's been our big issue" WASHINGTON - Blacksburg was already well prepared when the U.S. government announced in April that the Virginia town would be home to the country's first commercial drone delivery service. Virginia Tech University, based in Blacksburg, has for years hosted a major drone development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:47
Internal communications shed new light on the Rockefeller Foundation’s decision to stop funding the global climate nonprofit, and hint at what might come next. In late April, at a town-hall meeting in New York City, Raj Shah, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, addressed the staff of 100 Resilient Cities. The nonprofit, launched by the philanthropy in 2013, has helped cities around the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:12
Pollinators such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies, are responsible for the reproduction of many flowering plants and help to produce more than three quarters of the world’s crop species. Globally, the value of the services provided by pollinators is estimated at between US$235 billion and US$577 billion. It’s alarming, then, that pollinators are under threat from factors including more intense... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:03
Cities with the highest percentage of university graduates are increasingly on the radar of companies and investors. Rising urban populations have been one of the defining mega trends of this century, with people flocking to cities worldwide. While urban migration shows no signs of slowing, it has not been uniform. Some cities are attracting more university graduates than others. Aside from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 14:59
Cities are engines of economic growth. They are also central drivers of unsustainable patterns of consumption, with urban consumers particularly accustomed to the convenience of on-the-go and home-delivery consumption. A primary consequence has been the rapid growth in disposable packaging from fast-moving consumer goods that has led to a global plastics waste crisis. Globally, more than 90%... Read more