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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:32
How Emerging Factors Could Shift People Away from Cities Introduction It is widely assumed by experts that over the next half century the world’s urban populations will experience significantly higher rates of growth than rural populations will experience, thus leading to a shift in the rural–urban population ratio. Belief in this global transition, known as urbanization, is exemplified by the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:23
Washington DC - 3 December, 2018 --The World Bank Group today announced a major new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, doubling its current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action. The new plan significantly boosts support for adaptation and resilience, recognizing mounting climate change impacts on lives and livelihoods, especially... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:21
The technology of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is progressing rapidly, but have we really thought through how they’ll work in reality? In its report on AVs in Australia, Austroads (the association of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies) paints both positive and negative scenarios for the future. The positive scenario suggests that AVs could reduce car ownership and use thanks to a fleet... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:19
Big cities are increasingly turning to trees to help protect them from heatwaves and floods By Alex Whiting MANTUA, Italy - From Athens to Melbourne and Seoul to New York, big cities are increasingly turning to trees to help protect them from heatwaves and floods, and to boost people's physical and mental health, urban officials and environmental experts say. South Korea's capital Seoul recently... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:14
City expansion has accelerated in recent decades, so much so that, by 2050, we could be creating a city the size of London every seven weeks if current trends continue, a new study warns. Urban growth presents extreme challenges to biodiversity and ecosystem services due to the ongoing loss and fragmentation of habitats, says Burak Güneralp, assistant professor of geography at Texas A&M... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:07
How the rise of connected smart technologies will impact urban life in the world’s most innovative cities. Several cities around the globe are beginning their transition into 'smart cities', relying on technology to alleviate issues such as overcrowding, traffic, pollution, and crime. These smart cities utilize data collection and technology in new innovative and interconnected ways to create a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 09:38
(CNN)If there is one consistent message about climate change that has been made abundantly clear in a flurry of recent major assessments on the topic, it is that our planet's climate is already changing, and now is the time to act to avoid devastating impacts. According to a United Nations report released Tuesday, however, projected emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 15:12
This century will be remembered as the urban century. Our generation will witness the most significant urban growth in human history. By 2050, there will be 2.4 billion more people in cities, a rate of urban growth that is the equivalent of building a city the population of New York City every six weeks. Humanity will have urbanized an area of 1.2 million km2, larger than the nation of Colombia.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 13:08
Growth of blue economies in Africa could take away common rights to land and water, experts warn NAIROBI - Fishing communities along Africa's coastline are at a greater risk of extinction as countries eye oceans for tourism, industrial fishing and exploration revenue to jumpstart their "blue economies," U.N. experts and activists said on Monday. The continent's 38 coastal and island states have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 12:33
'Children should be a focus of urban planning, yet in many cities they are forgotten' LONDON - Millions of poor urban children are more likely to die before their fifth birthday than those living in rural areas, according to a U.N. study out on Tuesday that challenges popular assumptions behind the global urbanisation trend. The UNICEF research found not all children in cities benefited from the... Read more

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