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[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 16, 2019 - 09:39
Smart City developments are rapidly advancing the way we live, work, and commute in our daily life. Smart City infrastructure is currently seeing a high-level of innovation toward a more sustainable future in the Netherlands. Using post-consumer plastic waste PlasticRoad builds sustainable roads of plastic reducing plastic pollution along the way.  From plastic pollution to recycled plastic smart... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 16, 2019 - 09:03
Climate change increasingly threatens communities all over the world. News of fires, floods and coastal erosion devastating lives and livelihoods seems almost constant. The latest fires in Queensland and New South Wales mark the start of the earliest bushfire season the states have ever seen. What happens when climate change causes extreme events to become chronic, potentially rendering some... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 13, 2019 - 08:30
Cities are stepping-up to confront many of the world’s biggest existential challenges – especially climate change. One reason is that cities have always been where the future happens first; spaces that cultivate creativity, resourcefulness and innovation. City leaders are, for the most part, pragmatic – they are problem solvers and are often attuned to local needs in ways that national... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 13, 2019 - 08:16
Over half the world currently resides in major urban areas. By 2050 the United Nations estimates that number will grow to 70%. With proximity and access to networks, cities have been engines of innovation for centuries, providing a clear path from poverty to prosperity for many. Cities have offered greater freedom and opportunity for social mobility for immigrants, minorities, and women than... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 11:48
Global Commission on Adaptation says investing $1.8 trillion could create $7.1 trillion in benefits A group of leaders from business, politics and science have called for a massive investment in adapting to climate change over the next decade, arguing it would reap significant returns as countries avoid catastrophic losses and boost their economies. The Global Commission on Adaptation, comprising... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 16:34
Due to historic levels of urbanization, cities have become focal points for creating a more sustainable world. Cities currently account for 80% of global GDP, 70% of emissions, and two-thirds of total energy consumption. The urgent need for climate action is clear, as articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement and New Urban Agenda. However, investment levels have not... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 16:32
The past decade saw urban innovation agendas being dominated by private sector players in the shape of ‘smart city’ demonstration projects and transformative digitalisation initiatives–with community leaders playing a supporting role in such public-private efforts. The balance has now shifted significantly: community leaders are driving change and leveraging partnerships with the public and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 16:30
Air pollution is recognized as the leading environmental risk to human health. It affects young and old, rich and poor, and unlike the food we eat and the water we drink, our air cannot be replaced with an “organic” or “bottled” alternative. Air pollution contributes to respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological disease. A recent study found that air pollution in the United States was linked... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 16:12
Global temperatures and sea levels are rising. Low-lying coastal cities are already experiencing devastating floods and working to come up with creative solutions to combat rising tides. Some cities are sinking due to increasing sea levels slowly encroaching on their coasts, while others are sinking because of excessive groundwater pumping that creates a change in pressure and volume that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:50
Vast swathes of land, from Africa to the Middle East, are being left useless by climate shifts and human pressures such as deforestation, mining and farming, threatening to hike migration and conflict, a senior U.N. environmental official warned. The accelerating damage could cost the global economy a staggering $23 trillion by 2050 - and rich countries as well as poor will pay the price, said... Read more