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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 09:59
The three day gathering marks the first time cities rather than nations are offered a seat at the table of the U.N.'s top scientific authority on global warming EDMONTON, Canada, March 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate scientists and city planners are to start charting a global roadmap on how cities can best battle climate change, when they gather at a U.N.-backed summit in Canada's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 - 16:07
Cities are huge drivers of economic growth. They have a large share of the population, both public and private institutions and infrastructure. In 2007, just 380 cities contributed half of global GDP. Researchers project that by 2025, 600 cities will account for 60 percent of global GDP. In contrast to years prior, many of these new hubs are located outside of the United States and Europe to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 - 16:02
On Tuesday, Germany's highest administrative court ruled that, in an effort to improve urban air quality, cities can ban cars from some streets. As The New York Times notes, the ruling could open the floodgates for cities around the country to go car-free. Stuttgart and Düsseldorf — German cities with high pollution levels — will likely enact the first bans in the fall. Stuttgart, home to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 13:47
Xuemei Bai and colleagues call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming Cities must address climate change. More than half of the world’s population is urban, and cities emit 75% of all carbon dioxide from energy use1. Meeting the target of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to keep warming well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 13:35
There is broad global agreement that secure property rights help eradicate poverty and that securing women’s land rights reduces gender inequality. But our understanding remains strikingly limited when it comes to the extent to which women’s land rights are – or are not – secure and the impact of women’s tenure security (or lack thereof) on women’s empowerment. This is true even in Africa, where... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:43
Predictive policing tools. License plate readers. Stingrays. As more and more surveillance tools fall into police’s hands, cities are trying to play catch up. A local government. A powerful private entity with controversial technology. A secret deal. This time, in New Orleans. On Tuesday, The Verge revealed that Peter Thiel’s software company, Palantir, has been piloting a predictive policing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:23
The seas will continue to rise for 300 years. That’s the conclusion of a new study, published in Nature Communications, which projects how much the sea level will rise under varying degrees of success in tackling climate change right up to the year 2300. But 2300 is almost three centuries from now. Three centuries ago the industrial revolution hadn’t even started. This raises the question of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:13
World Urban Forum 9 convened earlier this month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to take the measure of our fast-urbanizing world. Central to all discussions was how to create human sustainable development worldwide through better cities as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda. At this point, the problem of implementing the goals is not if but how? Let us do the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:02
By now, I’m sure we’re all familiar with the following statistics: according to the UN, by 2050 the world population is expected to rise to almost 10 billion people, with anywhere from 66 percent to 80 percent of those people clustering in urban areas. Meanwhile, the vast majority of those cities were built around expectations, patterns of living and technologies that predate the social and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:45
"Given that all the scientific models are failing to predict the pace that climate impact's actually having, how do you do good public policy?" Storms, floods and other extreme weather events are hitting cities much harder than scientists have predicted, said the head of a global network of cities tackling climate change. The severe water shortages pushing drought-stricken Cape Town towards "Day... Read more

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