Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:51
In 2015, the Narendra Modi Government has come up with Smart Cities Mission to digitally and economically transform nearly 100 cities in the country. Since a big pie of the GDP comes from these cities, the Government is quite keen on this transformation. According to the Government, a smart city is seen to be: Housing and inclusiveness- Expanding housing opportunities for all. The real estate,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:21
The UN is warning that we are now on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C. Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. However, with latest projections pointing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:04
Earlier this month, an international sustainability conference brought together 400 sustainability experts, engineers and political leaders representing 50 ‘Lighthouse’ cities to discuss the threat of climate change Unlike other sustainability conferences, where discussions rarely ever turn into action, this was a little different. The emphasis here was on the role of residents, businesses, and... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 14:14
When three decades of conflict ended in May 2009 in Sri Lanka, approximately 450,000 people had been displaced, with many having to rebuild their lives after having their houses destroyed, having lost family members and with no proper means of livelihood. The Post-Conflict Reconstruction Programme in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces implemented by UN-Habitat, provided numerous... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 13:41
Today’s world is undergoing fundamental changes. On one hand, globalization is reaching a new level despite some ups and downs, emerging economies represented by China are growing rapidly and the global landscape has experienced and will continue to see more changes to come. On the other, technology innovation is striving to come up with breakthroughs; it has changed and will continue to reshape... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:24
There is strength in numbers, the old idiom goes. Indeed, history shows that collaboration fosters ideas and results. Next week, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC, will convene in New Delhi, India, to again share ideas and build on their collective vision: to work towards shaping cities that are sustainable, thriving, and inclusive through the decades ahead. The gathering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:02
Energy-efficient construction is key to lowering urban emissions, study finds What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:48
Editor's Note: The Communist Party of China has just concluded its 19th National Congress in Beijing. China Daily asked business leaders from major multinational companies for their views on economic developments here and the country's global leadership role. Lim Yoke Loon is Greater China president of The Dow Chemical Company, the second-largest chemical firm in the world and based in the United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:22
Many of India’s big cities are seeing a rapid influx of new arrivals keen for their share of the economic opportunities unfolding as part of the country’s growth story. The pressures on housing and infrastructure aren’t just affecting the new city dwellers; they’re having a knock-on impact on the quality of life for longer-term residents as congestion and pollution rises in line with the ever-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 09:53
Urbanization is the movement of people from the country side (rural areas) to cities and towns (urban areas). As urbanization increases in the Caribbean, natural resources become depleted. Natural resources are materials created naturally by the earth that are utilized one way or another for human survival. Natural resources are being exploited by human activities at a faster rate than they are... Read more