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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 14:25
$1 billion sales in two minutes. More than 250,000 purchases every second. Singles’ Day, China’s annual retailing extravaganza, absolutely crushes Black Friday: E-commerce giant Alibaba raked in $17.8 billion in gross sales during last year’s event, more than double the combined total of $6.8 billion in sales during the United States’ 2016 holiday shopping kick-off. The shopping spree lasts only... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 13:32
Improved human well-being is one of the modern era’s greatest triumphs. The age of plenty has also led to an unexpected global health crisis: two billion people are either overweight or obese. Developed countries have been especially susceptible to unhealthy weight gain, a trend that could be considered the price of abundance. However, developing countries are now facing a similar crisis. Obesity... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 13:11
For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. Although cities hold the promise of a better future, the reality is that many cities cannot live up to expectations. Too often, cities lack the resources to provide even the most basic services to their inhabitants, and cities all over the world fail to protect their people effectively against the onslaught of natural... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:30
South Africa faces two substantial problems: high unemployment and inadequate housing. These problems are intimately related. The World Bank and UN have both researched the effects of urbanisation and the conclusion is clear: cities combat poverty. China’s economic miracle, lifting millions from poverty in the last 20 years, was powered by transforming an agrarian nation into a modern, urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:21
Bhubaneswar: The Housing and Urban Development Department of the State Government and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) in collaboration with German funding agency German Corporation for International Cooperation or GIZ, will prepare a city-wide, holistic master plan for non-motorised transport (NMT) focussing on low-carbon urban transport. Based on this eco-friendly master plan, measures... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:18
City planning operates on decades-long cycles, while infrastructure is typically built out using forecasts that extend current trends. If self-driving vehicles are poised to deliver the revolution in urban transportation that Silicon Valley has been promising, how should urban infrastructure accommodate them? With less parking spots needed, how can designers effectively reclaim this urban space... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:13
Since the U.S. Federal government officially pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, U.S. cities and subnational actors have stepped up to continue to reduce emissions and stay in line with the agreement targets. This was never more evident than earlier this month at COP 23 where discussions focused on “further, faster ambition together” and how cities are poised to lead in the efforts to address... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:58
Meerut, Dec 6 (KNN) Whereas municipalities around the world are at the forefront in supporting economic activities in the cities, businesses and urban development bodies (UDBs) work in silos in India adversely impacting quality of life.  Speaking at the first of its kind Conference on ‘Meerut City Development: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward’ organized by Meerut Citizens Forum in Meerut on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:46
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have committed to adopt “green growth” policies in urban areas, which are the largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG). Among the adverse effects of GHG is destructive flooding, which has engulfed urban centers in the past years. In a press conference during the “Urban Resilience and Disaster Risk Management” forum, Ecosystems Research and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:41
The findings suggest that exposure to air pollution from road traffic in London during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of low birth weight babies born at full term. But traffic related noise seems to have no effect. The researchers say their findings are applicable to other UK and European cities and call for environmental health policies to improve air quality in urban areas.... Read more