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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 09:04
he term “smart city” has gained in popularity, but the label still conjures the use the technologies to solve operational problems. Rather, cities are complex and need intelligent, transformative and engaged efforts. Sustainable development goals such as in health, housing, education, energy, hunger and happiness have always been urban issues. The 1994 European Cities and Town Charter on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 08:38
Digital commerce is exacting a very analog toll on the streets of Shanghai. According to the city’s Information Office, there were 324 traffic accidents -- and five deaths -- involving delivery drivers during the first half of 2019. China is the world’s biggest e-commerce market and more than 80% of those drivers were dropping off packages and meals for services such as Meituan Dianping and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 08:26
Landscape architect and educator Michael Van Valkenburgh has left a large mark on cities across North America, Europe and Asia. In this exchange with Catalyst editor William McKenzie, he shares his thoughts on creating sustainable environments. And he describes how parks can provide enjoyment for people, improve an urban center’s environment, and even create a new identity for a city. Question:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 14:58
Last weekend, Addis Ababa joined a growing list of African cities that have banned motorcycles. Explaining the ban, which took effect on 7 July, Addis mayor Takele Uma said it was designed to curb crime. Takele said the Ethiopian city had found that an unusually high number of violent crimes were committed using motorcycles. The ban does not affect “those conducting licensed businesses with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 12:33
Across the world, 740 jurisdictions spanning 16 countries have now declared a climate emergency. It’s a huge statement of intent but we have yet to see the introduction of robust policies to make the rhetoric a reality. An essential next step for city leaders and urban policy makers will be creating a circular economy to underpin those declarations and encourage us to live within our means. As... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 12:11
London's climate in 2050 could be similar to Barcelona's current climate, with Madrid feeling more like Marrakesh and Seattle more like San Francisco   KUALA LUMPUR - A fifth of the world's major cities will face "unknown" climate conditions by 2050, researchers warned on Wednesday, as rising temperatures heighten the risks of drought and flooding. Climate scientists at the Crowther Lab, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 08:45
Basic sanitation remains a key challenge to millions of Kenyans living in informal settlements. With at least 56 percent of the country’s population living in such settlements, according to projections by the UN-Habitat, providing basic amenities to them is a key part of the ongoing national dialogue on inclusive and sustainable growth. These dwellings are characterised by poor infrastructure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 - 08:32
A new study examining the future of work in the U.S. spells bad news for America’s smaller communities and a growing national divide when it comes to jobs. The report, published this week by the McKinsey Global Institute, indicates the nation’s biggest cities are on pace to become significantly larger, richer and more powerful in the coming decade, while the rest of the nation, particularly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019 - 09:58
Indonesia has just received a US$49.6 million loan from the World Bank to finance the government’s plan to integrate city planning across the nation. The loan, approved by the World Bank’s board of executive directors on Monday, would be used to finance a government project called the National Urban Development Project (NUDP) to improve city planning and make the country benefit from the positive... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019 - 09:18
Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of the World Academy of Sciences Resource shared key findings of the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which will be launched at the SDG Summit in September. Reminding participants that an independent group of scientists was mandated to “bring together different perspectives in trends of science to inform the 2030 Agenda and to contribute to the... Read more