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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 09:16
Accra, the capital of Ghana , is the African city with the highest potential for inclusive growth, according to the 2014 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index (ACGI). This is the second consecutive year that Accra has taken the top spot on the Index. Launched in 2013 , the ACGI maps the continent’s economic outlook according to the inclusive urbanisation of its cities. Sets of lagging (... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 08:59
Four hundred and twenty-two local and subnational governments from 44 countries serving 12 percent of the world’s urban population are on track to trustworthiness, according to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) 2013 Annual Reportreleased today at the ongoing UN Bonn Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany. “Global transparency builds trust in local and subnational governments and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 08:39
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) has announced the addition of Shenzhen to its international network of cities committed to taking climate change actions locally that are having an impact globally. Shenzhen joins Chinese cities Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai and brings C40′s overall membership to 68 cities from around the world. “As one of the world’s fastest growing cities, ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 08:46
Perhaps the iconic image of developing-world poverty is a small collection of huts with thatched roofs. Unfortunately for those living in such places, these roofs are terrible. They leak and, when water-logged, often collapse. The grasses used to fabricate them are becoming scarcer. Insects and other undesirable critters live in them. People moving out of poverty quickly ditch thatch, upgrading... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 08:33
The European residential high-rise boom has a green twist these days. Magnus Kaminiarz & Cie unanimously won a top design award this spring for a remarkable apartment tower at the Skyline Plaza complex in Frankfurt. Kaminiarz will produce not only the tallest residential building in Germany—-50+ floors, overreaching Frank Gehry’s planned 150-meter building in Berlin by about 10 meters—but... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 08:08
As Chinese cities increasingly level mountains to create room for expansion, environmentalists are raising concerns. An article in the journal Nature warns that the consequences of this large-scale destruction are unknown. “Cutting off hilltops and moving massive quantities of dirt is like performing major surgery on Earth's crust,” write Peiyue Li, Hui Qian and Jianhua Wu, academics at Chang'an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 08:01
Africa’s cities are poised for a population explosion that will strain resources, infrastructure and services and widen income inequality. But African leaders can manage the influx through inclusiveness, eco-friendly development and economic opportunity.  That’s the conclusion of a new report, Tracking Africa’s Progress in Figures, published by the African Development Bank. It finds that several... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 09:11
Cities around the world are making plans, developing agendas, and articulating goals for urban resilience, but is urban resilience really possible? Resilience to what, for what, and for whom? Additionally, resilience is being used in many cases as a replacement for sustainability, which it is not. Resilience and sustainability need to be linked, but with care and clarity. The rise of resilience... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 09:00
Twenty French companies comprising 10,000 employees are participating in a program that pays commuters $0.34 per biked mile to work. Per Reuters, the program expects to increase bike commute from current 2.4 percent to 3.6 percent of all work commutes. While this program is not sponsored by the government, the French Transport Ministry plans to adopt the program at a larger scale if it proves... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 08:56
Last Friday, Seattle launched its Pilot "Play Streets" program, which will allow residents and schools to obtain free permits from the Seattle Department of Transportation to block off streets from traffic and enjoy the streets as temporary play areas. Angie Schmitt reports on the initiative: "In starting Play Streets, Seattle is following pioneers like New York and San Francisco. New York City'... Read more