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[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 13:47
Xuemei Bai and colleagues call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming Cities must address climate change. More than half of the world’s population is urban, and cities emit 75% of all carbon dioxide from energy use1. Meeting the target of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to keep warming well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 13:35
There is broad global agreement that secure property rights help eradicate poverty and that securing women’s land rights reduces gender inequality. But our understanding remains strikingly limited when it comes to the extent to which women’s land rights are – or are not – secure and the impact of women’s tenure security (or lack thereof) on women’s empowerment. This is true even in Africa, where... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:43
Predictive policing tools. License plate readers. Stingrays. As more and more surveillance tools fall into police’s hands, cities are trying to play catch up. A local government. A powerful private entity with controversial technology. A secret deal. This time, in New Orleans. On Tuesday, The Verge revealed that Peter Thiel’s software company, Palantir, has been piloting a predictive policing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:23
The seas will continue to rise for 300 years. That’s the conclusion of a new study, published in Nature Communications, which projects how much the sea level will rise under varying degrees of success in tackling climate change right up to the year 2300. But 2300 is almost three centuries from now. Three centuries ago the industrial revolution hadn’t even started. This raises the question of... Read more
[ 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
[ 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