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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10:11
Many cities have overseen progressive action under skeptical national governments. What do their experiences offer U.S. mayors today? MEXICO CITY — Embattled mayors from the United States, still reeling from the surprise election of Donald Trump, received advice last week from counterparts around the world who have weathered comparable political storms. Gathered in the Mexican capital for an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 09:57
There’s been a urban/rural divide on who gets cleaner air. If you only listened to electric-vehicle evangelists like Elon Musk, Boris Johnson, or, heck, Justin Bieber, you might think EVs were the most eco-friendly machine since the waterwheel. The U.S., like China, Europe, and the U.K., has heavily incentivized EV purchases to speed electrification, fronting billions in subsidies to buyers and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 09:37
Cities can be a powerful force for economic development, inclusion and sustainability, but we need to get better at unlocking their potential. Two years on from the launch of PwC’s Megatrends analysis, we have arrived at an important window of opportunity. Since 2014 the world has put pen to paper on three international agreements that will define our common future. Importantly, the success of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 08:49
Asia is urbanizing rapidly. Currently, about half of all of its residents live in urban areas, and the number of urban residents in Asia is expected to reach 3.3 billion by 2050. ADBI estimates that at the current urbanization rate, 127,000 people are added to urban centers every day in Asia. Such a rapidly growing urban population means that cities need to provide new housing for a large number... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 15:02
Africa’s urban population is the fastest growing globally. Can this be translated into economic growth and development? Africa’s future is urban. Quality of life for Africa’s city dwellers will, however, directly depend on the quality of urban governance. Urbanisation can spur development but under current conditions, it is more likely to compound Africa’s structural challenges. Making cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 14:52
Informal settlements house around one-quarter of the world’s urban population. This means roughly 1 billion urban dwellers live in settlements that have emerged outside of the state’s control. The Habitat III conference in Quito in October recognised informal settlements as a critical issue for sustainable urban development. But how did informal settlements come to make up such a large part of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 14:06
Indian cities, like several others around the world, are growing in a concerning manner: They’re expanding outward at a rate that outpaces their population growth, and they’re doing so haphazardly—without heed to principles of urban planning, without adequate water, electrical, waste management, or transportation infrastructure and services, and without a regard for the environment. The price... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 12:46
Join an expert panel on 8 December from 2–3.30pm GMT to discuss how public health organisations can work with private partners to build healthy cities As our planet faces increasing urbanisation, public health experts are spearheading innovation for adjusting to this.  We know that cities can make us ill: according to figures from the International Diabetes Federation, in 2014 there were 387... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 12:42
Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City will ban the most polluting cars and vans by 2025 to tackle air pollution Four of the world’s biggest cities are to ban diesel vehicles from their centres within the next decade, as a means of tackling air pollution, with campaigners urging other city leaders to follow suit. The mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City announced plans on Friday to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 11:59
It would take just three steps to tackle dangerous global warming in our cities, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said at the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Mexico City.   "It might seem simple, but by following these three simple steps we've been able to deliver serious climate action in our own operations, across our area and increasingly well outside our jurisdiction," the Lord Mayor said. The... Read more