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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:33
Today, transport accounts for a fifth of global energy demand and a quarter of energy-related CO2 emissions. That means transport is a major contributor to air pollution. And the effects of pollution from transport are especially important in cities, where people and vehicles co-exist in very close proximity. Around 91% of the world’s population is breathing toxic air, according to the World... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 10:13
Fast growing cities need viable solutions for rapid urbanization and population growth. This article was first published Cities occupy 2% of total land but account for 54% of the world population. A  UN report projects that by 2030, the urban population of developing countries will double and 90% of that increase is expected to be concentrated in Asia and Africa.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 09:58
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned that global warming could reach 1.5℃ as early as 2030. The landmark report by leading scientists urged nations to do more to avert an impending crisis. We have 12 years, the report said, to contain greenhouse gas emissions. This includes serious efforts to reduce transport emissions. In Australia, transport is the third-largest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 09:42
Do you feel lonely? If you do, you are not alone. While you may think it’s a personal mental health issue, the collective social impact is an epidemic. You may also underestimate the effects of loneliness. The health impact of chronic social isolation is as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Image: Melbourne School of Design Loneliness is a global issue. Half-a-million Japanese are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 09:41
Is switching to electric vehicles powered by renewable energy enough to curb global warming? It’s a critical question for the future of our cities and our world. Several weeks ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark study describing the importance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, and laying out the dramatic and immediate steps... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 09:41
Washington, D.C: Urbanization is changing the landscape of health and nutrition in Africa, and in Nigeria it relates to both lower levels of stunting among children and higher rates of obesity among women, according to two recent studies by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Researchers examined nighttime light intensity in Nigeria as a proxy for urbanization... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 13:29
For the first time in history, we are an "urbanized" society. More people live in urban spaces than rural spaces, and this trend is only projected to continue. As a former NASA scientist and current professor at the University of Georgia, I have spent a significant portion of my research career exploring ways urbanization affects weather or climate. Devastating California wildfires and recent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 13:20
Today, World Toilet Day, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Around the world 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet, and 892 million practice open defecation. The consequences of exposure to human feces on this scale are devastating for public health, living and working conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world. For the first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:36
"Everywhere, residents feel they are being pushed out, and it's not just because of gentrification or inflation" BANGKOK - For filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, it is fitting that he is crowdfunding part of the money needed for his new documentary that explores why housing in most major cities is becoming unaffordable for residents. In the film "Push", Gertten follows Leilani Farha, U.N. Special... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:30
In news that will probably come as no surprise to commuters who brave Tokyo’s rush-hour crush, Japan’s capital city has the busiest metro system in the world. In fact, Asia is home to seven of the top 10 busiest metros, according to figures from UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics), a non-profit organization that promotes public transport worldwide. Most of the world’s busiest... Read more