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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 02:58
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[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:39
US reportedly opposed deal, which follows concerns that villages in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia had ‘turned into dumpsites’   Almost all the world’s countries have agreed on a deal aimed at restricting shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries, the United Nations announced on Friday. Exporting countries – including the US – now will have to obtain consent from countries... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:29
Mayors from 210 European cities have issued an open letter calling for the European Council to commit to a new long-term climate strategy when they met at the Future of Europe summit in Romania on 9 May. The letter, which was signed by city leaders from 21 EU member states and seven neighbouring countries, includes demands to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, oversee a swift energy transition,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:27
Six cities are to work with digital democracy platform CitizenLab to explore if artificial intelligence (AI) can translate different citizen inputs into actionable policy recommendations more quickly. The six cities–yet to be chosen–will be of different sizes and geographical locations where CitizenLab will first look at how civil servants currently collect, analyse and use citizen-generated... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:24
Ten years ago, I found myself immersed into a branch of urban planning that at the time was just beginning to emerge at the local, state and national levels: Healthy Communities Planning. At the Riverside County Department of Public Health; now known as the Riverside University Health System—Public Health (RUHS-PH), my role entailed transforming the way planners thought, viewed and applied public... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:18
Improvements in communications, mobility, and data management have provided public sector managers with a new range of investment opportunities. With limited access to capital and organizational resources, managers need to ensure they make the best resource allocation decision. ‘Best,’ in this sense, covers equity, efficiency, effectiveness, inclusion, and transparency, along with other issues.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 18:18
People who live in cities have greater access to healthier foods and places to exercise   LONDON (Reuters) - Global rates of obesity among people who live in the countryside are rising faster than those among city dwellers, in part due to greater access in urban areas to healthier foods and places to exercise, researchers said on Wednesday. In a study of 33 years of trends in body mass index (BMI... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:32
In the city of Bandung, in Indonesia, municipal leaders are administering acupuncture. But their patients are not human. The patient is the city itself. Through a series of small projects – such as carefully placed walkways and parks – they are undertaking a process called “urban acupuncture” that sees cities as living organisms that can be healed by strategically placed pin prick interventions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:06
Developers in London have come under scrutiny for segregating people who live in social or affordable housing from residents who pay market rates. Prominent cases have included children from social housing being blocked from using a playground in a new development, and “poor doors” providing separate entrances for social housing residents. Of course, segregation has long been a reality in cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:51
Participants of COP21 (Paris, 2015) agreed that limiting the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius was an absolute imperative, and that this goal would require that human-produced emissions peak in 2020 and get to zero (yes, ZERO!) by 2050. California set the decarbonization train in motion in 2006 with passage of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (California Assembly... Read more