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[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 15:04
This year’s theme for World Cities Day, “Innovative Governance, Open Cities,” emphasizes the implementation of the global New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the creation of livable, sustainable cities conducive to inclusive growth and development. Smart cities in particular can be key tools toward achieving these global goals. The International... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 13:05
In late September, London made headlineswhen it stripped popular ride-hailing app Uber of its license to operate in the city. The wall-to-wall coverage that followed the decision was a sign, if any more were needed, that we are on the cusp of an urban mobility revolution. Ride-hailing systems, car- and bicycle-sharing networks, trip-planning apps and other innovative services that capitalize on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:51
In 2015, the Narendra Modi Government has come up with Smart Cities Mission to digitally and economically transform nearly 100 cities in the country. Since a big pie of the GDP comes from these cities, the Government is quite keen on this transformation. According to the Government, a smart city is seen to be: Housing and inclusiveness- Expanding housing opportunities for all. The real estate,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:21
The UN is warning that we are now on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C. Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. However, with latest projections pointing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:04
Earlier this month, an international sustainability conference brought together 400 sustainability experts, engineers and political leaders representing 50 ‘Lighthouse’ cities to discuss the threat of climate change Unlike other sustainability conferences, where discussions rarely ever turn into action, this was a little different. The emphasis here was on the role of residents, businesses, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:24
There is strength in numbers, the old idiom goes. Indeed, history shows that collaboration fosters ideas and results. Next week, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC, will convene in New Delhi, India, to again share ideas and build on their collective vision: to work towards shaping cities that are sustainable, thriving, and inclusive through the decades ahead. The gathering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:02
Energy-efficient construction is key to lowering urban emissions, study finds What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:22
Many of India’s big cities are seeing a rapid influx of new arrivals keen for their share of the economic opportunities unfolding as part of the country’s growth story. The pressures on housing and infrastructure aren’t just affecting the new city dwellers; they’re having a knock-on impact on the quality of life for longer-term residents as congestion and pollution rises in line with the ever-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 09:53
Urbanization is the movement of people from the country side (rural areas) to cities and towns (urban areas). As urbanization increases in the Caribbean, natural resources become depleted. Natural resources are materials created naturally by the earth that are utilized one way or another for human survival. Natural resources are being exploited by human activities at a faster rate than they are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 16:43
How can cities with 18th-century infrastructure support 21st-century life? Smart infrastructure innovations could save cities millions. The world is witnessing an unprecedented level of urbanization with an estimated 1 million new urban dwellers worldwide over the next forty years. While this trend creates great opportunities for cities, it also places great stress on those infrastructure... Read more