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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 09:49
A new study confirms what leading climate scientists have warned about for many years now: Only very aggressive climate action can save the world’s coastal cities from inundation by century’s end. We still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century if we keep total warming below 2°C, according to analysis using these new findings. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 11:33
Let’s be honest: The idea of cities as the centre of sustainable development has not yet provided a satisfying answer for much of the world’s population — particularly those who live in informal settlements, away from most development and with limited opportunities to be heard. The social role of the city is not a new concept, having existed since the origins of the Greek polis. At the global... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:03
Shelter Afrique, a Pan-African finance institution supporting the development of the housing and real estate sector in Africa has received a $8.2 million injection of equity by the African Development Bank (AfDB). In a statement by the AfDB, the injection is meant to strengthen its balance sheet and help achieve its objective of providing quality affordable housing in Africa. “Africa’s economic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 09:56
The United Nations and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy have agreed to build a new, global municipal fiscal database that aims to improve sustainable urbanisation. The UN’s Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the US-based think-tank signed an agreement earlier this month to build the database. It is hoped it will make cities more safe, resilient and sustainable by increasing access... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 09:36
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Tuesday approved a $95 million (approximately Rwf72 billion) International Development Association (IDA) credit line to support Rwanda’s urbanisation strategy. This, according to a statement from the bank, will be done through targeted infrastructure development and support for local economic development in six secondary cities. Through its main... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 12:39
In the lead up to World Water Day, a new programme to strengthen the capacity of local communities in Liberia to improve sanitation highlights the importance of access to clean water. David Wolo worries about finding fresh water for his family. “The water from the pipes is not good, because these pipes are outdated… you can see the sediment in the water… you can see all sorts of things in it.”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 11:36
The region may have grand ambi­tions when it comes to the development of smart cities, but better integration between buildings is required if they are to achieve these, according to a new study. The US-based engineering firm Honeywell has unveiled new research providing a Smart Building Score for 620 buildings in seven Middle East cities, which found that few industries were able to integrate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 11:26
IT’S time to reintroduce yourself to these 10 cities that have done the impossible and transformed themselves from C-list destinations into ones worthy of your precious holiday time. You’ll be glad you gave them that second chance to woo you, courtesy of new attractions, hotels, and restaurants that come wrapped up with a fresh “can-do” attitude and plenty of pride. Here are 10 cities that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:58
This year’s topic of the International Day of Forests on March 21st is “Forests and Water”. It’s a very important topic, especially in urbanizing cities, where reducing stormwater runoff by urban forests and trees has become important part of stormwater management. Read about this in a blog written by Dr. Urša Vilhar, research fellow at the Forest Ecology Department of the Slovenian Forestry... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:45
The aspiration of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees may one day be recognized as one of the most important goals ever agreed by international diplomacy. We now have the political consensus and momentum to prevent catastrophic climate change —but we must move extremely fast in order to make the aims of the Agreement achievable. Global emissions must peak by 2020... Read more