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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 09:56
A new study, conducted in a rapidly developing city in China, discovered that urbanization increases the proportion of disease-causing bacteria in the air and the overall amount of airborne microbes. Airborne microbe risk to human health increases with urbanization, especially during the summer. Released earlier this month, the study focus on the microbiome of urban air. Bacteria can easily... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 16:03
“The most beautiful fig may contain a worm.” This African proverb calls us to question what we have always believed to be good. From the savannas of southern Africa; to the mountains of East Africa; to the forests of central Africa; to the coastlines of West Africa and the golden sands of Northern Africa- it is indisputable that “job creation” is a universal priority of development blueprints of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 15:52
Soon after becoming prime minister last year, Scott Morrison appointed a minister for “congestion busting”, signalling the importance he attaches to this issue. The large number of Google search results on “traffic congestion in Australian cities 2019” (9.5 million) and “traffic congestion in Australian cities costing the economy 2019” (8.3 million) seems to support his opinion. But what if this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 15:11
The recent WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety revealed shocking numbers behind the global epidemic of road deaths — up to 1.35 million in 2016. Its release confirmed that vulnerable users like pedestrians and cyclists make up more than 26% of global road deaths, and that low-income neighborhoods are among the hardest hit by this crisis. Even as this public health emergency continues to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 15:00
A UN report on the state of world biodiversity for food and agriculture links rising food insecurity and chronic hunger to threatened habitats and ecosystems. But traditional female stewards of biodiversity offer hope.   Zimbabwean farmer Miriam Cikenzi works hard to grow groundnuts, one crop that still flourishes in the red clay soils of a region ravaged by climate change-induced drought.  And... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 14:49
Mapping job openings with available employees in major U.S. cities reveals a striking spatial mismatch, according to a new Urban Institute report. Good news: America’s cities have plenty of jobs. Bad news: Many of the people who want them don’t live anywhere nearby. A new analysis by the Urban Institute explores this concerning spatial mismatch, drawing on evidence from tens of thousands of job... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:39
As cities strive to improve the quality of life for their residents, many are working to promote walking and biking. Such policies make sense, since they can, in the long run, lead to less traffic, cleaner air and healthier people. But the results aren’t all positive, especially in the short to medium term. In Washington D.C., for example, traffic fatalities as a whole declined in 2018 compared... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:34
The recent court decision against the neighbours of Tate Modern in London belies a much wider problem – everyone is constantly being watched Alexander McFadyen says that he and his family were “more or less constantly watched” while they were at home. They had to be “properly dressed” at all times, and even then they were often photographed or filmed, and sometimes spied on with binoculars.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:14
Yet in cities, affluent white neighborhoods and high-poverty black ones are outliers, resisting the fragmentation shown with other types of neighborhoods. America’s cities have changed considerably over the past half century, in ways that challenge and confound our theories for understanding them. Back in the early 20th century, the urban theorists associated with the Chicago School—Robert Park... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:10
Telefónica and Seat have joined forces as part of a consortium to demonstrate connected car and 5G assisted driving during Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) in Barcelona next week. The companies have entered a collaboration agreement with Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Ficosa, Etra, i2Cat, CTTC and UPC, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies for the project whose main objective is increasing road... Read more