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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 17:11
Last Monday a conference was held in Brussels to present the Metropolis Observatory’s fourth issue paper: “Egalitarian metropolitan spaces”. The paper was written by Ana Falú, the coordinator of UN Habitat's Gender Hub, and sparks a debate on how public policies need to incorporate a gender perspective on a metropolitan scale. The event was co-organised by the Brussels-Capital Region and held at... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, July 2, 2018 - 18:52
The 12th Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit convenes in Sacramento, California with the purpose of spotlighting tools and best practices working for smart city leaders across the globe. 400+ leaders gather each year to build partnerships across sectors and from city-to-city. The event focuses on emerging and tested urban sustainability solutions which are scalable, replicable, and transferable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 12:14
Failure to build energy-efficient homes and clean cars risks UK missing its carbon targets, says government’s climate adviser   The homebuilding and carmaking industries “should be ashamed” of their efforts to tackle global warming, according to the UK government’s official climate change adviser. Lord Deben, chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), said housebuilders were “cheating”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:24
Basic infrastructure makes all the difference in the lives of people. Sometimes a road is all it takes… Access to clean drinking water and sanitation can improve children’s health, reduce waterborne disease, and lower the risk of stunting. Street lighting can improve the safety of a community, reduce gender-based violence, and add productive hours for shops and economic activities, which can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:57
The World Cities Day global observance will be held this year in Liverpool, United Kingdom, on 31 October. The announcement was made today by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson at the International Business Festival being hosted in the city. The event will be jointly organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Liverpool City Council and the Shanghai People’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:38
Most people would never think of London as a forest. Yet there are actually more trees in London than people. And now, new work by researchers at University College London shows that pockets of this urban jungle store as much carbon per hectare as tropical rainforests. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and urban trees are critical to human health and well-being. Trees... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:34
Los Angeles is famous for many things: sunshine, stunning beaches and, of course, being the home of the silver screen. World-beating value for money isn’t something that usually springs to mind when one thinks of LA. But according to the Prices & Earnings report by Swiss Bank UBS, an average worker’s salary will buy you more in Los Angeles than anywhere else. So much so that LA residents... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:26
Every day, some 200,000 people are moving into cities across the globe. Finding an affordable place to call home is not just a worry for young people in the developed world. It has become a global problem, affecting everyone from the least advantaged to the middle-classes. In fact, housing inequality may well be the biggest contributor to rising economic inequality. According to urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:22
In 1913 the first mass produced automobiles went down the Ford assembly line in Highland Park, Michigan. The large-scale introduction of motor vehicles triggered changes in a large and complex system that ultimately transformed not just transportation, but our sense of geography, the urban, and ultimately suburban, landscapes, manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, politics, education, and most... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:18
The number of people who are both in poverty and battling brutal heat - usually without air conditioning - will rise tenfold, say urban experts CAPE TOWN, June 19 - In just 30 years, cities around the world will face dramatically higher risks from extreme heat, coastal flooding, power blackouts and food and water shortages unless climate-changing emissions are curbed, urban researchers warned... Read more

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