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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:25
The impacts of climate change such as floods, landslides and extreme heat disproportionately affect the urban poor. This is because these communities often live in inadequate housing in fragile locations like floodplains, with no risk-reducing infrastructure such as functioning storm drains. The 2019 Global Commission on Adaptation Report recommends that cities should invest In “upgrading the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:20
Investing in early warning services is critical if countries and communities are to meet the challenge of climate change, the World Meteorological Organization’s Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said today as the Global Commission on Adaptation launched a landmark report on the economic benefits of action. The report has been published ahead of the 2019 Climate Action Summit convened by UN... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 09:58
Travelling to work, meeting friends for a catch up or just doing some shopping are often taken for granted by people with no known disabilities. For the visually impaired, these seemingly simple things can be a serious challenge. But imagine a city equipped with technology that enables the visually impaired to recognise people, places or even bank notes, helping them to live more independently... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 09:41
The West Midlands region in the UK has begun to demonstrate use cases for 5G one year after it was selected by the UK government to become the largest 5G testbed in the country. The “verticals” that the testbed will focus on include healthcare, mobility and industry as the West Midlands 5G (WM5G) organisation gears up to launch its application accelerator facility next year. “Today is the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 09:38
  People are flocking to cities at an unprecedented pace. While ‘mega’ cities are growing, mid-size cities are growing even faster. Inevitably, this brings serious challenges. Cities must create job opportunities, adequate housing, proper transit solutions and more. Unsurprisingly, cities are increasingly focusing on urban regeneration projects, as a means to accommodate their growth. Too often,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 08:47
Extinction Rebellion disrupted London and brought many transport routes to a standstill on Easter Weekend in 2019. A key demand for the direct action group was for the government to declare a climate emergency. This demand has since been met - by the UK parliament, as well as the Argentinian senate, the French parliament and the Canadian House of Commons. In fact, a total of 983 jurisdictions ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 16, 2019 - 11:01
Barcelona could cut deaths from air pollution and improve quality of life by implementing in full a plan to calm traffic and free up space for residents, researchers said on Monday. The compact Spanish city is home to more than 1.6 million people and is plagued by contaminants and noise largely due to heavy density of traffic, as well as lacking greenery. A study by the Barcelona Institute for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 16, 2019 - 09:44
The world lost more than 26 million hectares of trees - an area the size of Britain - each year from 2014-2018 Meeting a landmark target to slash by at least half losses of natural forests by 2020 is likely to be "impossible", as deforestation has soared in the five years since it was set, warned a report on progress towards the goal. The 2014 New York Declaration on Forests garnered more than... Read more
[ 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