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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 14:42
Seven cities which have incorporated data and evidence in their decision-making processes have been recognised by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The What Works Cities certification, a US standard of excellence in city governance, identified Kansas City, Louisville, Washington DC, Memphis, Philadelphia, Scottsdale and Arlington as cities that are using data and evidence to solve local issues and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:37
To confront climate change, we need to make the most of the buildings we already have. By all appearances, American cities are becoming greener than ever before. Sustainable design has gone mainstream, LEED-certified buildings are commonplace, and redeveloped downtown districts — complete with new bike lanes, buses, and light rail — make a low-carbon lifestyle ever-more attractive. But is all of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:28
Cities are challenging their invisibility in global governance structures, like the United Nations, by forging new alliances to influence international policy. When Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Agreement—the pact between 195 nations (nearly all the world’s nations) to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions—the mayors of Paris, France,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:19
In Australia, urban local governments are striving to earn their stripes as ‘smart cities,’ however, innovative practices don’t emerge simply because a council sets a vision and a series of ambitious and well-intentioned goals. For many councils, the very processes that define local government can be the greatest inhibitors, and the road to innovation can become a long journey of slow change. At... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:15
Dysfunctional systems will continue frustrating our quest for building future cities in Kenya. And this explains largely the reluctance by Kenyans to adopt such government plans as the housing policy for public servants, because many times, public-led programmes either lack or ignore proper planning. Our cities are facing huge planning challenges, and many are barely able to support a decent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:12
The impacts of climate change are already being felt across the Pacific, considered to be one of the world’s most-at-risk regions. Small island developing states are mandated extra support under the Paris Agreement. Many are classified as least developed countries, allowing them special access to development funding and loans. Analysis of climate change adaptation projects in the Pacific shows... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 13:37
The built environment currently accounts for 40 percent of the world’s energy use, meaning buildings and cities have the potential to make the biggest impact in reducing carbon emissions globally. Climate reports over the last six months have made clear that time isn’t on our side. Climate change is not something that is going to happen far into the future–it is happening now. The research shows... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:21
All over the world, governments, institutions and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications and sharing information, with urban infrastructure, to create smart cities. One of the main goals of these efforts is to make city living more efficient and productive – in other words, to speed things up. Yet for citizens, this growing addiction to speed can be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 17:47
Seeking an integrated approach In 2018, Lao PDR suffered its most costly floods in a decade. Heavy rains from two tropical cyclones were compounded by the collapse of a saddle dam in Attapeu province, which caused flash floods. Overall, more than 600,000 people across the country were affected, and 64 people lost their lives. The destruction of farms and microenterprises, along with the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 17:35
When most people think of electric vehicles, we think of cars, like Teslas, Chevy Bolts and Nissan Leafs. But trucks and buses are going electric, too, and the impact on both our air and our economy could be huge. In 2016, we at The Greenlining Institute joined forces with The Union of Concerned Scientists to analyze the growing electric truck and bus industry, producing the report “Delivering... Read more