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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 14:25
New Zealand's parliament has passed a law to bar many non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes BANGKOK/LONDON - A ban on foreigners buying homes in New Zealand is not enough to solve the problems of affordable housing and homelessness, analysts and campaigners said, as the country became the latest to impose curbs on non-residents buying property. New Zealand's parliament last week... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 17:36
In recent years, there has been a loud and lingering fear that AI, automation and robots have come to steal our jobs. Although innovation and digitalization of cities continues to grow, it’s unlikely that smart technology and machines will completely replace the workforce that currently keeps our smart cities running. They will, however, change how we do those jobs and what skills are required to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 17:26
Photographers have been using drones in recent years to wow us with breathtaking shots of stunning scenery and jaw-dropping landscapes. But now photographer Johnny Miller wants to show us a different side of life from a whole new perspective, through an initiative he calls Unequal Scenes. Since 2012, Miller has been fascinated with just how visible social inequality can be – especially when... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 15:20
How do transport modes influence people's health? A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, has concluded that cycling is the mode of transport associated with the greatest health benefits: better self-perceived general health, better mental health and fewer feelings of loneliness. The study formed part of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 14:39
Tuesday was another Election Day in the United States, and the marquee showdown was a special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. At the time of writing, the race was still too close to call. But the theme of the results was clear, no matter the winner. The district, which covers a swath of suburbs and rural areas near the state capital, Columbus, has been solidly Republican for more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:47
It’s the urban age for people – and for other species too – so it’s time to start planning for all the plants and animals that call our cities home The urban age is upon us, with 4.2 billion people (55 per cent of the global population) now living in cities. Some argue urbanisation is inevitably leading to humans disconnecting from nature and failing to see the environmental destruction at the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:23
Although we remain in the early stages, it is clear that a ‘Smart City’ revolution is sweeping the world. Technology driven solutions are being used to rethink and reshape the way that urban areas function. These solutions bring with them the promise of future cities that are more efficient with resources, more equitable for residents, and more resilient to climate events. As with any young... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:55
The Austrian capital has replaced Melbourne to become this year’s Economist Intelligence Unit’s “most liveable city”. Increases in ranking in the stability category meant Vienna took first place out of the 140 cities surveyed, beating Melbourne–which had won the past seven years–by 0.7 percent. Copenhagen (9) was the only other European city to feature in the top 10 while two other Australian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:09
The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots When July’s heatwave swept through the Canadian province of Quebec, killing more than 90 people in little over a week, the unrelenting sunshine threw the disparities between rich and poor into sharp relief. While the well-heeled residents of Montreal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 09:40
America’s small towns are fighting back against climate change denial and lack of leadership at the federal, and in many cases, state levels by taking matters into their own hands and moving forward to build greater climate resilience. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, with 85 mayors along the river, has developed a Climate/Disaster Resilience and Adaptation program because they... Read more