Air pollution. Light pollution. Radical changes to local ecosystems. The profound environmental impact of cities is a popular topic among scientists these days. Now it appears that cities may actually be changing the weather — and the effects are being felt not just in urban areas, but in places thousands of miles away from major metropolises.
Cities across the world, due to their rapid population growth and large-scale developmental and economic investments, are at high risk from the impacts of climate change. According to the United Nations World Urbanisation Prospects 2011 report, the population living in urban areas is projected to increase from 3.6 billion currently to 6.3 billion by 2050. Cities need to start thinking about...
Humans have adapted to a changing climate for as long as we have been around. The rub is that now, humans have settled in with large cities, economies, transportation networks, and an agricultural system dependent on a snapshot of the climate in time. A change in the climate (either warmer here, or colder there) can stress on the systems we’ve laid down.
- Thu 31 Jan, 2013
SAO PAULO -- Chinese wind-turbine makers have broken into the South American market, the world's fastest-growing, by offering government-backed loans at interest rates as much as 50 percent lower than local offerings.
- Wed 30 Jan, 2013
By Stephan Nielsen, Bloomberg
Southeastern Brazil's São Paulo state is seeking expressions of interest for the preparation of an 18.5bn-real (US$9.26bn) public-private-partnership (PPP) to build and operate a passenger railway network of some 431km, the state announced in its official gazette Diário Oficial.
The call, being carried out through the state's transport secretary and its PPP management council, involves...
- Wed 30 Jan, 2013
By Daniel Bland
UN-Habitat is extending its partnership with the European Union (EU), Government of Australia (AusAID) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to implement the second phase of the housing recovery project for conflict affected families. The project "Improving Living Conditions in Returnee Areas of Sri Lanka through Housing" will be implemented over the next 30 months...
To create a state-of-the-art bus line, Chicago transit leaders and urban planners have coalesced behind a plan that would limit left turns and remove a traffic lane on both sides of Ashland Avenue, a busy thoroughfare that connects both upscale and low-income neighborhoods to a cluster of hospitals at the city’s center.
The agency wants 2.1M square feet on 40-55 acres and proximity to public transportation.
That’s the racy tagline Destination D.C., the marketing arm of the District, has dreamed up to show that the city is more than monuments and museums.
In all, the organization is spending $350,000 on the month-long series of ads, billboards and radio spots to lure couples to romantic getaways in the...
- Mon 28 Jan, 2013
NEW YORK, New York, January 22, 2013 (ENS) – Expansion of its Bus Rapid Transit system, cycling and walking infrastructure and parking program has earned Mexico City the 2013 Sustainable Transport Award from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, ITDP.
Ottawa City Hall is about to embark on a lengthy and extensive review of its central planning tenets.
The Official Plan review – dubbed “Building a Livable Ottawa 2031″ – starts Tuesday evening with an event at city hall, featuring a presentation from the municipality’s planning committee chair Coun. Peter Hume. The review is slated to take just under a year, with...
- Mon 28 Jan, 2013
UN-Habitat this month led a joint United Nations consultative group in Vietnam to understand better the aspirations, problems and opportunities of the urban poor in the cities of Hanoi and Danang.
The UN group worked with officials in people's committees and women's unions in Hoa Hiep Bac Ward (Lien Chieu District, Danang), Thanh Khe Tay (Thanh Khe District, Danang), and Phuc Tan ward (...