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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 16:26
Authors: Franz Gatzweiler, Executive director of the URBAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING: A SYSTEMS APPROACH Programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, China Email: gatzweiler02@gmail.com Jieling Liu, PhD candidate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 14:20
The San Francisco Bay Area’s flood risk maps, produced by FEMA, use satellite radar to calculate city-by-city threats. One thing they don’t take into account, however: Bay-side cities aren’t just vulnerable to melting ice caps. They’re also sinking — sometimes at a rate of about a half-inch per year. That’s the alarming conclusion from researchers at UC Berkeley and Arizona State University.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:46
According to the World Bank’s recent report, over half of the world’s population is unable to access basic health services. This is a stark reminder of the persistent inequity that exists across the globe, and reiterates the urgency of accelerating progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) as a key driver of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. No doubt, there have been... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:34
It's been over a year now since all 193 countries of the United Nations adopted by acclamation the "New Urban Agenda," the outcome document of the Habitat III conference held in October 2016. The historic nature of that achievement is hard to over-state: for the first time, we have a world-wide agreement embracing walkable mixed use, mixed transportation modes, polycentric regions, diversity and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:30
Last summer, the 100 Resilient Cities network of resilience practitioners, partners and experts gathered in New York at our Global Summit to assess the state of urban resilience, and our progress toward helping cities adapt and evolve in the face of 21st Century challenges. During our opening program, I invited Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:28
Architects in San Diego and Columbus are facilitating efforts through collaboration and community engagement By 2050 the United Nations predicts that 75 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, a startling projection that carries many implications for the natural and built environments. In 2016, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, or Habitat III,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:41
As the editor of Gardens Illustrated, Lucy Bellamy is no stranger to providing gardeners with aspirational planting advice. But as someone with a small garden behind a terraced house in a Lincolnshire town, she is all too aware of the limits of a more humble plot. Her book, Brilliant and Wild: A Garden From Scratch in a Year, offers urban gardeners that elusive thing: year-round interest and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:28
Two Purdue University studies show that urbanization changes storm patterns and rainfall amounts, highlighting the need for urban planning and infrastructure design that considers how the landscape will affect the weather. In two separate papers, teams led by Dev Niyogi, Indiana state climatologist and professor in the departments of Agronomy and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:20
It has long been known that installing white roofs helps reduce heat buildup in cities. But new research indicates that making surfaces more light-reflecting can have a significant impact on lowering extreme temperatures – not just in cities, but in rural areas as well.   ummers in the city can be extremely hot — several degrees hotter than in the surrounding countryside. But recent research... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 13:32
rbanisation has been a well-established trend in the 20th and 21st centuries. However, depopulation and deurbanisation in some countries and numerous cities are becoming serious problems for which no good solutions exist at present. People have steadily moved from rural to urban areas to improve their standard of living as well as quality of life. In 1950, 30% of world population was urban. A... Read more

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