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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:50
Whether you live in a town with a single main street or a megacity, the trees and green space in your larger neighborhood are key to the economic, human and environmental health of you and your community. The presence, or absence, of a thriving urban forest has a direct impact on our individual and collective quality of life in more ways that most people ever realize. In order to ensure our urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:47
Cities are shaping the future of our planet. They are where people confront environmental problems and tackle the challenges of sustainable development. On the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (a shared global roadmap for ending poverty, protecting the planet and fostering equitable economic growth), Goal 11 is to make “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:44
For cities, compact's biggest breakthrough is that public services should not discriminate based on whether someone has migrated legally or illegally WASHINGTON - Cities say they will gain new recognition for their role in planning for and responding to influxes of migrants when countries adopt a major migration agreement next week. Talks lasting a year and a half are set to conclude when... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:40
“What happens if the water temperature rises by a few degrees?” is the 2018 International Year of the Reef leading question. While the ocean is the focus, urbanisation is the main reason for the rising temperatures and water pollution. Yet it receives little attention in this discussion. In turn, rising temperatures increase downpours and urban floods, adding to the pressures on urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:36
Global tech players such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon – the so-called Big 4, or GAFA – Airbnb and Tesla are redefining work, mobility, leisure and the everyday of how we live. Our cities are increasingly being used as laboratories for countless innovations. Cities are expected to be home to nearly 70% of the world’s population by 2050, with 95% of urban population growth taking... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:11
Leading scientists from the IPCC recognize the impact and importance of mayors and local leaders  in tackling climate change, and make science accessible for Urban Policymakers to take action locally.  18 IPCC lead authors from the 5 chapters of the 1.5°C Special Report summarize key information for cities, with help from city practitioners and NGOs.  Katowice, Poland, 10 December 2018 – The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 17:39
Science is clearly showing that the world is shifting towards a more unstable climate. Weather events like the flash floods in Sydney last week will be more frequent and extreme, while the intervals between them will become shorter. With rising sea levels and frequent floods, water landscapes will become part of our urban routine. Most Australian cities are already located along coastlines or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 17:39
One major goal for elected officials and policymakers is to improve the happiness of their constituents in cost-effective ways. But how do individuals’ circumstances influence which policies are likely to make them feel more satisfied with their lives? In new research which draws on a large Connecticut-based survey, Christopher Barrington-Leigh and Jan Wollenberg find that improvements in areas... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 15:32
BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (4 December 2018) — Cities in developing Asia and the Pacific are growing fast, but this surge in urbanization has led to increasing pollution and environmental concerns, threatening to impact the quality of people’s lives. Innovative climate solutions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), however, are demonstrating that it is possible for cities to pursue... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:46
Cities occupy a special place in our popular imagination. Think of any number of movies set, evocatively, in some of the world’s most prominent cities. London, New York City, and Tokyo may come to mind as the backdrop of many a romantic or action film. Cities are exciting, dynamic places, populated with a broad range of humanity, where many languages are spoken and food from all over the world is... Read more