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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 12:08
In 2016, the total emissions from all countries on earth equaled 6,511 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Can you guess which of the economic sectors listed above was responsible for the greatest amount of greenhouse gases during this time period? Transportation Emissions If you chose transportation, you'd be correct. Creating nearly 28.5 percent of the total gas emissions in 2016... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 11:22
This story is part of a series that will run ahead of the third edition of the One Planet Summit which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 14, 2019. The Summit will bring together global leaders, entrepreneurs, international organizations, and civil society, to help accelerate and focus attention on climate investments in line with the Paris Agreement objectives. The Summit will focus on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 11:05
Cultural heritage should be considered a priority in rebuilding cities after conflict or natural disaster, but it is often missing from local and international strategies, experts said WASHINGTON - In Bosnia, after the war in the 1990s, residents put rebuilding a 400-year-old bridge ahead of fixing their own roofs. In Nepal, repairing the nation's historic sites brought people together after 2015... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:29
A smart city starts eight feet below the ground and goes up from there. This is what Andy Shively, special assistant city manager for Kansas City, Missouri, tells others. Andy is talking about something that doesn’t always come to mind when thinking about smart cities: sewers. Andy understands that sewers, which are indispensable for the well-being of the citizens of Kansas City and other cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:24
You’ve got problems. Perhaps more than you know. Apart from all the usual woes—work, relationships, money, time—the civilized life may also be causing you psychological trauma. Disconnection from nature can be bad for our mental health. But there was no name for this particular malaise until 2000, when Australian sustainability professor Glenn Albrecht coined the term psychoterratica, creating... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:10
‘Smart’ technology systems will help ensure the 21st century’s metropolises don’t become mega traffic jams If we subscribe to the adage that time is money, five minutes might not seem like much. But for time-strapped city dwellers, saving five minutes a day looking for parking using a smart parking app can add up quickly. Cities are now home to more than half the world’s population—and that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:03
Australia has a problem with population. It’s a problem with the potential to result in enormous chaos, risking the nation’s economic well-being. And this problem is moving like an overcrowded Sydney train, careering out of control towards inevitable carnage. Much of this population problem is of our own making: past demographic successes and policy and funding complacency have created a ticking... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 09:44
Dismayed by your city’s lack of affordable housing? Want to help counter the damage of urban renewal? Consider volunteering at your local public housing agency. At a time when inner cities are facing mounting pressure to preserve affordable housing, the nation’s 1 million public housing apartments are at a critical turning point, with aging properties, a multi-billion dollar backlog of deferred... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 09:40
Urban leaders need to kick the incentive habit and take a more inclusive approach to growing local economies. Until recently, there was a growing understanding among city-builders and economic developers that handing over taxpayer-funded incentives to large corporations is wasteful and ineffective. That is, until Amazon’s HQ2 search threw a wrench in that, bringing real pressure from business... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 09:37
To state the obvious: we are living in polarized times. The conversations around whether climate change is real, caused by humans, and how best to tackle it are as polarized in the United States as topics like tax cuts, abortion, and healthcare. I cannot profess to understand all the causes that led to climate change becoming a political conversation shrouded in theology in which people “believe... Read more