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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 09:56
Venezuela´s monumental political and economic crisis is threatening to bring cities across Latin America to their knees. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans—roughly 7 percent of the country´s population—have fled since 2014. Many are seeking sanctuary in towns and cities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. At one point earlier this year, up to 5,000 asylum seekers and forced migrants... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 17:09
The first year was a bit like the first year of a marriage – but with 25 people rather than just one.” That is how Jude Tisdall describes joining a co-housing development purpose-built for women over 50. Tisdall, an arts consultant in her early 60s, moved into the New Ground complex in north London just over a year ago. “I had been mulling over how I wanted to live,” she says. “I’m divorced – my... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 17:07
As the recent Global Climate Action Summit underscored, we’re seeing a steady rise in the number of commitments by cities, states and provinces to address climate change, with over 17,500 actions registered on the NAZCA Climate Action Portal. Not only are these efforts curbing greenhouse gas emissions within their jurisdictions, they can also have far-reaching impacts at the national level. We... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:48
The City of Paris and the RATP Group, the state-owned public transport operator that runs the Paris Métro subway, have jointly launched Les Deux Rives, a bold initiative to build the world’s greenest business district. Les Deux Rives ("the Two Banks") designates the dense area in the heart of Paris between Lyon and Austerlitz train stations and the neighbourhoods of Bercy and Tolbiac. Divided... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:45
A year after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in 2017, many residents continue to struggle with mental illness. One suicide prevention hotline center, for example, has had over 4,500 calls, double those before Maria. That same year significant psychological problems also appeared in Sonoma County, California after historic wildfires destroyed entire neighborhoods. Are these unique occurrences... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:42
From the crowded markets of Dakar and Karachi to the informal settlements of Addis Ababa and Rio de Janeiro, urban technology seems to be thriving everywhere. Whether used for hitching a ride and navigating grinding traffic or buying coffee and finding a date, smartphones and apps are ubiquitous. To many people living in the world's low and medium-income metropolises, tech companies like Waze,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:39
Cities are under pressure to bring their infrastructure up to speed HONG KONG - Cities around the world should tap ethical entrepreneurs to help ease their growing pains, ranging from homelessness to unemployment, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus said on Thursday. The founder of the microcredit movement said "social business cities", which have sprung up from Germany to Japan, could help to solve... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:21
LONDON – More than half of the world’s population now live in cities — and the figure will rise to more than two thirds by 2050, according to a United Nations forecast. Growing numbers of city residents put pressure on energy and water resources, transport networks, environment, national healthcare budgets as well as many more aspects of the city. Thankfully, some of the most important problems... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:18
If you’ve ever sat in traffic crawling at 5 miles per hour or been late to an appointment because of inadequate public transportation, I don’t need to tell you that transportation represents a constant challenge across the United States. But let’s not kid ourselves about which people bear the most transportation burdens. People of color breathe disproportionate levels of toxic smog from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:39
"Our planet's future climate is inextricably tied to the future of its forests" BARCELONA - Scientists from around the world called for stepped-up efforts to use forests to keep global warming to the lowest limit agreed by governments in 2015, as a key report on how to meet that goal is finalised in South Korea this week. "Forests really are the unsung hero of our struggle to address climate... Read more

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