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[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 11:21
Everybody who is professionally involved in technology in cities and communities agrees that the debate on digital rights has moved beyond the implementation of smart technologies. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) turned privacy into a hot topic, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal catapulted the debate on ethical use of data high up the political agenda. As a result of this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 11:12
U.S. cities could learn a thing or two from Cuba and Argentina when it comes to urban farming. During the partial federal shutdown in December 2018 and January 2019, news reports showed furloughed government workers standing in line for donated meals. These images were reminders that for an estimated one out of eight Americans, food insecurity is a near-term risk. In California, where I teach,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 09:21
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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 09:36
The information age has transformed society in the last three decades thanks to the rapid adoption of innovative technology. While the economy in aggregate has benefited from this technological and social change, its unintended consequences have made cities more fragile. Much like cracks making a windshield more fragile, urban fragility comes about when government and individuals fracture or... Read more