News and Events Latest stories, evidence of impact, media information

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:38
Positive change happens in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living, traffic jams and inequality. When we launched the WRI Ross Prize for Cities in February 2018, we aimed to spotlight projects that have had a positive transformative impact on their communities and cities. We ultimately uncovered five initiatives generating life-changing impacts... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:34
Over the next 16 years, all of the world’s 10 fastest growing cities are going to be in Africa. If this growth is a process of people voting with their feet, as last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics Paul Romer once put it, these cities are winning. Yet urbanisation in many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is not delivering the benefits of people and firms... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:30
Plastic pollution is a blight in our cities and landscapes and is harming our rivers and oceans. Experts estimatethat 300,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste from the United States (U.S.) pollute the ocean every year, which is about 65 dump trucks of plastic waste per day. News of plastic pollution in the U.S. continues to make headlines: Tennessee River is among the most polluted in the world. “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 02:58
Indonesia Furniture Exporters On the off chance that you are not hoping to spend an excessive amount of cash on your greenery enclosure and essentially need to include some furnishings sets, that can likewise do the trick. It will give the greenery enclosure a basic look which can be tranquil unwinding. You can add a lounger between trees to appreciate the cool spring breeze in the nighttimes.... Read more
[ 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