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[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:30
Indigenous communities get a stronger voice in efforts to protect forests, as projects are approved from Paraguay to Bangladesh A global climate fund set up by the United Nations has approved just over $1 billion in new support for 23 projects to help developing countries reduce heat-trapping emissions and adapt to a warming planet. The funding, agreed at a meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 20:06
"The Wharton International Housing Finance Course -"Housing Finance in a Changing Global Environment" - offers housing finance professionals from around the world a unique opportunity to connect with some of Wharton's leading faculty in housing finance and other prominent thinkers in business strategies to expand housing finance services efficiently and safely and connect with peers from across... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 14:01
The conference aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. The primary goal of the conference is to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:49
Projects involving slum communities aim to collect and share information on their needs with city policy makers and investors   As people flock to cities around the world in search of work and a better life, municipal authorities are struggling to meet rising demand for housing, jobs, transport, healthcare, food and water. That challenge is made even harder by the stresses of climate change,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:46
The number of cities getting at least 70% of their total electricity supply from renewable energy has more than doubled since 2015 The number of cities reporting they are predominantly powered by clean energy has more than doubled since 2015, as momentum builds for cities around the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable sources. Data published on Tuesday by the not-for-profit... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 16:28
The world has made tremendous progress in bridging the gap between water supply and demand. But there’s a long way still to go. In a 2017 joint monitoring report UNICEF and the World Health Organisation noted that more than 844 million people – many of them in sub-Saharan Africa – still don’t have access to improved and safely managed drinking water sources. Clean drinking water sources Image... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 15:52
A Boeing engineer once explained to me that aeroplanes do not really exist. These sleek monsters that carry us to the farthest reaches of the planet were, to him, no more than a million parts flying in close formation, not a single one of which was capable of flying by itself. What turns a million parts into an aeroplane is the organization and interconnection of those parts. It would take an... Read more

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