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[ 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
[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 15:38
New political, diplomatic and financial measures have been outlined by European Commission officials to help cities achieve their climate action plans during a summit at the European Parliament in Brussels celebrating the 10th anniversary of the EU Covenant of Mayors. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission
 recalled how dramatically things have changed since the covenant was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 15:05
Urban resets are pretty rare in history but once in a century or two they appear. When the old system finally implodes, ideas lurking under the previous system are finally able to rise to the top to set the new patterns. Arguably everything CNU has done to date is a prelude to the real moment of urban reset just at our doorstep. Form based codes, neo-traditional neighborhoods, and other new urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 14:45
Efforts to protect biodiversity are now focusing less on preserving pristine areas and more on finding room for wildlife on the margins of human development. As urban areas keep expanding, it is increasingly the only way to allow species to survive.  ne morning not long ago, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, I traveled with a Wildlife Conservation Society biologist on a switchback route... Read more