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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 10:06
In the year 2000, the Asia and the Pacific region accounted for less than 30 percent of the world output, which rose to almost 40 percent by 2014, according to the IMF’s 2015 report ‘Asia and Pacific’s Outlook: Still Leading Global Growth’. Asian cities have become engines of growth and are playing an important role in driving their economies towards higher productivity. Urban areas in the Asia-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 09:17
The vast majority of China’s urban consumers are willing to pay higher bills to buy “green electricity” from renewable sources like wind, solar or biomass, a recent survey commissioned by the China Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) has found. The survey market research firm Ipsos and found 97.6% of respondents favoured using green electricity to tackle air pollution, and that 44%... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 16:29
JOHANNESBURG – Is the honeymoon over for African economies? Less than a decade ago, it seemed that the continent’s economic dreams were beginning to come true, with many countries experiencing impressive GDP growth and development. Now, as the harsh reality of the continent’s vulnerability to challenging external conditions has set in, sustaining that growth has proved difficult. Encumbered by ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 13:53
EXPERTS treating those with mental health issues are seeing an increase in suicidal tendencies among teenagers and people facing financial constraints. This worrying trend, they said, was particularly evident among those in urban areas. The Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA), in expressing its concern over the lack of proper tools to specifically manage cases like this, said the country... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:32
With state governments across Australia acknowledging the need to limit urban sprawl, fill the gaps within existing metropolitan areas and build higher-density housing on selected sites, many opportunities have opened up. Demonstration projects are key to ensuring quality outcomes, and government has a leading role to play. The Western Australian target for urban infill is at the lower end... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 11:55
As the rapidly developing world is met with a growing number of environmental red flags, this Finnish solution is bringing relevant experts closer together. The abundance of trees in Finland has ensured that forestry has remained the local economy’s chief focus for centuries. Now, as digitalisation depletes demand for paper, a recent news report suggests that clean technology, or cleantech,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 11:15
It’s hard to believe, but not quite four decades ago the Chinese settlement of Shenzhen was a modest fishing village, with a population of roughly 30,000. Today, thanks to a policy that began in 1979 that was designed to encourage foreign investment, that sleepy village is a manufacturing hub with a population of roughly 10 million. The success of Shenzhen is consistent with the broader... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 10:50
Low-cost interventions, big data analysis and new regulations on landfills are key factors for the smart management of waste in cities. There are several ongoing studies and trials underway across Europe, with both researchers and city planners looking for efficient solutions. Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is using big data to improve the logistics of paper and cardboard waste collection. In... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 10:45
Recently, the Addis Ababa City Finance and Economic Development Bureau celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the official launching of Ethiopian Population Policy and marked the World Population Day with the theme 'Investing in teenage girls.' Bureau highlighted that the imbalance between population growth rate and that of economic development is a prime factor which put people in developing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 10:17
More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito, Ecuador, in October to set out the United Nations' New Urban Agenda for member states. The Habitat III conference will mandate the UN’s work in cities and settlements for the next 20 years. But Australia, one of the world’s most urbanised nations, is yet to play a major role in negotiations. If you haven’t heard of the Habitat conference series, you... Read more