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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 09:12
Innovators working in the mobility sector are providing a wealth of new data for cities to help them better utilise existing infrastructure. Companies such as Miovision, Geotab, Moovit and VIA, presented their findings and insights to 19 city mobility leaders during the 12th 20-20 Cities meeting, hosted by Portland. “Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is the air traffic control tower for smart cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 09:31
"Land has emerged as a priority topic" By Gregory Scruggs SAN FRANCISCO - From U.S. states to retail giant Walmart, governments and businesses pledged to protect natural lands that help brake global warming at an international climate summit this week. Important ecosystems like Brazil's Cerrado savanna and Malaysia's Borneo rainforest also got a boost from donors allocating new money for their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 09:03
Whether tapping a contactless card to take the subway, buying a gift for a loved one or using a smart phone to find the way home, your everyday actions leave behind breadcrumbs of digital information. When these traces are collected and analysed en masse, they can help urban planners to pick up on the daily rhythms of the life of a city and uncover trends about the people who live there. In a ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 08:59
Bold action on climate change could deliver $26 trillion in cumulative economic benefits by 2030, according to a new report by the New Climate Economy (NCE). Without immediate action to cut emissions, the costs of “runaway” climate change will be severe: heat waves, flooding, storms, food scarcity and sea level rise. Cities have been warned: they will need to peak their emissions as soon as 2020... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:52
The knowledge economy’s integration with globalization has brought enormous changes to the world. Our book, In the Post-Urban World (Routledge 2018) focuses on one of many aspects of these changes, viz. the transformation of cities that has occurred in the wake of the global knowledge economy’s breakthrough. This is certainly not the first book that addresses these issues. However, it is the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:09
About 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, will need new housing by 2030. That will require constructing approximately 21 million new homes every year across the world. Several of the fastest-growing countries have ambitious goals to meet this need. The Indian governmentaims to construct 20 million affordable houses by 2022. Nigeria targets 1 million homes built per year for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 14:32
This autumn, the IPCC will publish its much-awaited special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees centigrade. For the first time, the world will have a clear scientific view of the rate and scale of emissions reduction is required if we are to avoid runaway climate change. It is expected to set out the systemic change needed to avoid the associated sea level rise, extreme weather, shocks to our... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 14:31
Climate-sensitive region the only in the world where rate of undernourishment has risen over the past 12 years   Climate change is making people hungry – with nearly 100 million people across the world needing humanitarian food aid because of climate shocks last year – and a growing number of people are malnourished across the Pacific, a new United Nations report says. Last week, the Pacific... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:55
The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring. Looking at a city’s Google Maps data, in combination with other data, a new tool from Google can estimate the carbon footprint of all of its buildings–and the carbon footprint of all the car trips, bus and subway rides, and other... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:28
The number of people suffering from hunger has increased during the past three years, after years of decline, a UN report suggests. According to the analysis, 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 - about one person in every nine. And nearly 151 million under-fives - 22% of the global total - have their growth stunted by poor nutrition. The authors say extreme climate events are... Read more