Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:04
The Urban Sustainability Framework (USF) is structured in two parts, along with annexes that explore the good practices of specific cities and organizations and the positive results of their initiatives. Part I: Understanding and Achieving Urban Sustainability lays out a process for, andpractical guidance on, a four-stage approach that includes (1) diagnosis of the city’s currentsituation; (2)... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:11
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by the world’s greatest cities are as much as 60% higher than currently estimated, when also accounting for the impact of trade in goods and services between cities and the rest of the world. New analysis by C40 Cities, the University of Leeds, University of New South Wales, and Arup examined the GHG emissions associated with goods and services consumed by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:06
In the last few years, the international community has made incredible strides towards addressing climate change and sustainability at a global level. Recently adopted international frameworks such as the 2015 Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set concrete targets to help the global community address the causes and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:05
The Prime Minister was half-right yesterday when she said that building more houses every year will address the housing ‘crisis’. The last Budget promised 300,000, others have said 250,000, some have even suggested 400,000. Of course the Prime Minister and others are correct – there is a significant shortage of housing in England. It is, as she said yesterday, ‘one of the biggest barriers to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 09:59
The three day gathering marks the first time cities rather than nations are offered a seat at the table of the U.N.'s top scientific authority on global warming EDMONTON, Canada, March 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate scientists and city planners are to start charting a global roadmap on how cities can best battle climate change, when they gather at a U.N.-backed summit in Canada's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 - 16:07
Cities are huge drivers of economic growth. They have a large share of the population, both public and private institutions and infrastructure. In 2007, just 380 cities contributed half of global GDP. Researchers project that by 2025, 600 cities will account for 60 percent of global GDP. In contrast to years prior, many of these new hubs are located outside of the United States and Europe to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 - 16:02
On Tuesday, Germany's highest administrative court ruled that, in an effort to improve urban air quality, cities can ban cars from some streets. As The New York Times notes, the ruling could open the floodgates for cities around the country to go car-free. Stuttgart and Düsseldorf — German cities with high pollution levels — will likely enact the first bans in the fall. Stuttgart, home to... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 - 14:52
The World Water Forum is the largest meeting on water management and sanitation. Metropolis members are invited to join the International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities, which is co-organized by UCLG, ICLEI, the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), the World Water Council and Brazilian partners, and will take place on March 20-21.
[ 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

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