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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 - 15:21
One of the main challenges for cities in the coming decade is how to make their citizens become physically active again. Physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles have become a leading risk factor for health. Cities are affected by the dramatic increase in the frequency of chronic diseases related to physical inactivity amongst their citizens. These chronicle diseases like coronary heart... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 - 15:10
The Mobility4EU project aims to develop a vision and action plan for mobility and transport in Europe in 2030. Its priority is to involve a wide range of stakeholders in this process by means  of a thorough consultation based on a Multi-Actor-Multi Criteria analysis. As a first part of this consultation process the aim is to assess the objectives of the various stakeholders in transport and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 - 12:40
On 1st January 2017, the Zambian President, Edgar Lungu and the First Lady, Esther visited clinics in Kanyama, Chipata and Ngombe slums meeting New Year’s Day babies. These areas are not only political strongholds for the ruling party but are amongst the most densely populated in the country. Zambia is one of the most industrialised countries in Africa. According to the recent census, 39% of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:13
Cooperation between governments and the private sector will be vital in addressing the challenges posed by urbanisation according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Its Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation to Deliver the New Urban Agenda report reveals that nearly 1.5 million people move to cities every week, and that the urban population will account for two-thirds of the world’s people by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:52
WEF contends that most cities lack the capacity and resources to ensure that the city develops in a sustainable manner The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released a new report on the implementation of sustainable urban development and housing solutions following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in October 2016. Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation to Deliver... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:33
Our National Park Service recently granted us some comic relief to a tremendously challenging period in American history by tweeting climate change facts from rogue accounts, defying a White House decree that had censored them. Twitter accounts such as “AltUSNatParkService” emerged in protest of the Trump administration’s unapologetic distortion of information and shameless promotion of “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:23
The global rise of cities has been unprecedented. Every week, nearly 1.5 million people become urban dwellers. By 2050, the urban population will account for more than two-thirds of the world’s population. “Cities are evolving faster than ever and encountering unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic and social challenges. Sustainable urban development is the current global priority;... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:53
An anthropologist, a climate scientist and a geographer walk into NASA… While that may sound like the set-up to an atrociously bad academic joke, that kind of interdisciplinary meeting of the minds is part of what gave rise to a new NASA-funded research project involving two UBC researchers. Anthropologists (and married couple) Dr. Mark Turin and Dr. Sara Shneiderman are part of a Yale-led team... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 16:41
New map and video show that urbanization is not as modern a concept as you might think. When talking about Science and the City, I’m often asked about the earliest days of urbanization – when and where did we build the first ‘proper’ city? What influence did those early settlements have on their surroundings? When did urbanization really kick-off? And where will it end? Now that we’re a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 15:52
The tenth edition Outlook examines the industrial and geographical make-up of UK city exports This week we’ve launched the tenth annual edition of Cities Outlook, focusing this year on how cities trade with the world. The debate over trade deals has intensified in recent weeks as the UK looks to set out its position in the world once we leave the EU. Whatever trade deals are struck in the coming... Read more