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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 15:34
Urban nature has a critical role to play in the future liveability of cities. An emerging body of research reveals that bringing nature back into our cities can deliver a truly impressive array of benefits, ranging from health and well-being to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Aside from benefits for people, cities are often hotspots for threatened species and are justifiable locations... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 15:23
Drought, climate change, and overdraft – oh my! Communities are increasingly turning to water reuse as a tool to bolster water supply reliability in the face of numerous uncertainties. Droughts result in curtailments of surface water allocations that serve as drinking water lifelines to many cities. Just look at this year’s “day zero” warnings from Cape Town, or when California’s governor made a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 16:09
The UCEEP (Safe #CitiinCiti) innovative project/initiative was realised with clarity that safeguarding, protection and shelter has overall the highest command in any emergency in relation to mass activities -> Climate Action response risk assessing urban resilience will by far have the most efficient adaptation/mitigation impact. Poor urban planning, lack of ecosystem restoration and short... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 15:58
Not everyone agrees that some cities in the online lists of smart cities are so smart.  I for one have visited a couple of these highly ranked cities and can tell you from personal experience that just getting through the traffic to get to my hotel was an ardous task.  Vehicles of all shapes were all jammed up–scooters weaving in and out of traffic–and taxis double parked to drop people off.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 15:24
We are living through interesting times. As Dickens might put it, it is perhaps the best of times for tech companies. The digital revolution is mind-blowing. But for most people, it could be the worst of times, given the global crises and challenges facing humanity. One thing is certain: we live in a world of cities, and our planet is increasingly urban. By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 15:20
Traditionally, urban water managers have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural projects to meet increased demands for water. This supply-side approach is under increasing pressure from a variety of mega-trends. To enhance urban water security, water managers are turning toward demand-side management.   Traditionally, urban water managers, faced with increasing demand for water... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:43
In light of even more dire news about our warming planet, leading thinkers tell us the one thing cities and states could do to cut emissions significantly—and fast. A landmark report released by the U.N. last week has laid out the stakes of a warming planet more starkly than ever. Warming of just 1.5 degrees Celsius could bring on the most severe consequences of climate change, according to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:34
Bike sharing in African cities has lagged due to lack of dedicated lanes and the perception that cycling is for the poor, worsening traffic jams and pollution, experts said on Wednesday. Bike sharing has expanded across North America, Europe and Asia as authorities seek to boost the health of city residents and the planet, but it has struggled to take off in Africa where road networks tend to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:26
Four major forces are shaping cities of the future. How can they thrive in the face of challenges and change? The world faces unprecedented rates of urban expansion. According to the United Nations, 55 percent of the global population currently lives in cities. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 68 percent, which means an additional 2.5 billion people will reside in urban areas. China’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:16
It is a well documented fact that approximately 70% of the global population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Every country therefore, will need to find ways to manage urbanization and the challenges associate with it. Urbanization of course derives a number of benefits such as better access to jobs, healthcare, social & cultural integration, improvement of infrastructure, adoption of... Read more