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[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:01
The final day of Mobilize Dar es Salaam, June 28th, 2018, began with the plenary, “Advancing Inclusive City Design from Fringe to Mainstream.” On the premise that an equitable city takes into account the needs of everyone— including women, children, elderly people, and people with disabilities—in transport planning, the session explored ideas and dilemmas of designing inclusive transit systems.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:52
Cities committed to 100 percent Renewable Energy Hundreds of U.S. cities have committed to 100 percent renewable energy (RE). Cities already achieving 100 percent include Burlington, Vermont, Aspen, Colorado, Greensburg, Kansas, and Rock Port, Missouri. In these cities, energy efficiency makes the transition to renewables much easier. In every city, it is a different mix of solar, wind,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:38
In disaster-prone Bangladesh, all the country's 329 municipalities have agreed to join the U.N.'s Making Cities Resilient Campaign KUALA LUMPUR - Bangladeshi cities have signed up en masse to a U.N. campaign to develop local action plans and improve infrastructure to prepare for disasters, officials said on Tuesday. Low-lying, densely-populated Bangladesh is one of the world's most disaster-prone... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:29
I’m a retailer and retail industry technologist by trade. My early career days were spent in the apparel business. What was known then as women’s better sportswear. Sold through department stores, specialty stores, catalog houses, and those first little e-commerce sites. For the past many years, however, I’ve viewed the business through a technology lens. For two reasons:  my professional... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:22
London is where overseas workers want to be, according to a new survey. More than one-fifth (22%) of respondents said that the UK capital was their preferred destination.  New York came in second with 16%, and Berlin and Barcelona were third and fourth, both with 15%. Image: Boston Consulting Group/The Network Europe dominates the top 10 with five entries, including Paris in eighth place... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:17
Tackling the global emissions problem might be more manageable than it first appears. Thinking about worldwide production of greenhouse gases can boggle the mind and make the scale of the problem seem unfathomable. But a new study showing 18% of all global emissions come from just 100 cities demonstrates how local action can meaningfully reduce pollution. Seoul in South Korea topped a list... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:09
The Urban Innovation Fund, a San Francisco based venture capital firm that provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving urban challenges, has announced the closing of a US$22.5 million fund. The oversubscribed fund has been in use for over a year and has until now supported 14 start-ups involved in transport, water, civic engagement and others. Clara Brenner, Managing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 17:11
Last Monday a conference was held in Brussels to present the Metropolis Observatory’s fourth issue paper: “Egalitarian metropolitan spaces”. The paper was written by Ana Falú, the coordinator of UN Habitat's Gender Hub, and sparks a debate on how public policies need to incorporate a gender perspective on a metropolitan scale. The event was co-organised by the Brussels-Capital Region and held at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 12:14
Failure to build energy-efficient homes and clean cars risks UK missing its carbon targets, says government’s climate adviser   The homebuilding and carmaking industries “should be ashamed” of their efforts to tackle global warming, according to the UK government’s official climate change adviser. Lord Deben, chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), said housebuilders were “cheating”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:24
Basic infrastructure makes all the difference in the lives of people. Sometimes a road is all it takes… Access to clean drinking water and sanitation can improve children’s health, reduce waterborne disease, and lower the risk of stunting. Street lighting can improve the safety of a community, reduce gender-based violence, and add productive hours for shops and economic activities, which can... Read more