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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 08:58
The key focus in propelling the New Urban agenda in contemporary times is on empowerment of residents in innovative way in handling the challenging urban issues. With the presentation of the current budget by the Modi 2.0 government, the ‘New Urban agenda’ has cast its impact on it. The New Urban Agenda; signed at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development-Habitat-III in 2016... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 14:24
Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have recorded their highest ever temperatures as the second extreme heatwave in as many months to be linked by scientists to the climate emergency grips the continent. The Dutch meteorological service, KNMI, said the temperature reached 39.2C(102.5F) at the Gilze-Rijen airbase near Breda on Wednesday afternoon, exceeding the previous high of 38.6C set in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:32
Africa is rural. Or that’s what senior Western officials envision when they talk about the continent. America’s top diplomat for the region, Tibor Nagy, recently said that Africa is “by and large an agricultural society.” He isn’t alone: Germany’s recent Marshall Plan with Africainsists that “rural areas will determine Africa’s future.” This is wrong. Dangerously wrong. Africa is increasingly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:27
It was an odd title for a comedy night, but British stand-up Carl Donnelly turned out to have chosen an environmental theme with impeccable timing. With temperature records tumbling daily in last week’s European heatwave, a crowd in an east London bar seemed uniquely primed to appreciate his darkly humorous riffs on the existential threat posed by climate change. That foretaste of a radically... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:18
With the world’s urban population increasing, the need to invest in urban communities has never been more urgent. This is particularly the case in low and middle-income countries where the pace of urbanization is fastest. To meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 – to make cities more sustainable, resilient, inclusive and safe – governments will need to develop more urban infrastructure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:13
This town is coming like a ghost town,” The Specials once warned1. Unfortunately for the designers of the sort of floating cities we see increasingly rendered in future-focused marketing materials, nobody can quite agree on whypeople leave some towns in droves. That could spell disaster for the dream of establishing an ocean-dwelling community. Assuming, that yeah, we’re definitely going to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:04
As we look to Britain’s position in the world after we leave the European Union, there has been much debate about the role of our overseas aid budget. UK aid - supported by all but the fringes of UK politics - enhances our standing overseas and is something we should be proud of. But it does have room for improvement, and we must always seek to maximise its impact. The aim of the 0.7 per cent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 09:44
The UN-Habitat has unveiled a house prototype for affordable green building aimed at addressing housing shortage in densely populated urban areas. Dubbed Tiny House, the model is expected to address the problem of affordable housing in Kenya and tackle climate change.  Unlike conventional houses, the ‘tiny’ house occupies smaller space and makes maximum use of vertical space. It is built complete... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 09:38
On Monday London will be officially confirmed as the world’s first National Park City. Saturday kicks off a free, eight-day festival celebrating the city’s outdoor spaces. Along with the Mayor of London, organizations and individuals will sign a London National Park City Charter demonstrating their support for making the city greener, healthier, and wilder. Newcastle upon Tyne will also be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:14
It’s all about changing our mindset.  10. Challenge the common model  Typically, UK companies’ waste management strategies focus on the cost of removing the waste generated. But the real opportunity comes from focusing on the processes in the business that lead to waste being generated in the first place. If this can be minimised then, not only will upfront purchasing costs reduce, but the cost... Read more