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[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:52
The knowledge economy’s integration with globalization has brought enormous changes to the world. Our book, In the Post-Urban World (Routledge 2018) focuses on one of many aspects of these changes, viz. the transformation of cities that has occurred in the wake of the global knowledge economy’s breakthrough. This is certainly not the first book that addresses these issues. However, it is the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:09
About 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, will need new housing by 2030. That will require constructing approximately 21 million new homes every year across the world. Several of the fastest-growing countries have ambitious goals to meet this need. The Indian governmentaims to construct 20 million affordable houses by 2022. Nigeria targets 1 million homes built per year for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 14:32
This autumn, the IPCC will publish its much-awaited special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees centigrade. For the first time, the world will have a clear scientific view of the rate and scale of emissions reduction is required if we are to avoid runaway climate change. It is expected to set out the systemic change needed to avoid the associated sea level rise, extreme weather, shocks to our... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 14:31
Climate-sensitive region the only in the world where rate of undernourishment has risen over the past 12 years   Climate change is making people hungry – with nearly 100 million people across the world needing humanitarian food aid because of climate shocks last year – and a growing number of people are malnourished across the Pacific, a new United Nations report says. Last week, the Pacific... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:55
The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring. Looking at a city’s Google Maps data, in combination with other data, a new tool from Google can estimate the carbon footprint of all of its buildings–and the carbon footprint of all the car trips, bus and subway rides, and other... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:28
The number of people suffering from hunger has increased during the past three years, after years of decline, a UN report suggests. According to the analysis, 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 - about one person in every nine. And nearly 151 million under-fives - 22% of the global total - have their growth stunted by poor nutrition. The authors say extreme climate events are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 09:16
Where Collaboration, innovation, partnership and health come together One of the many hopes for the Global Climate Action Summit is that it will be a hub of idea-sharing and learning between many innovative climate leaders.  It is only in acting and thinking together may we be able to fulfill the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  This blog series highlights the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 09:14
A forthcoming study of over a hundred new cities being built around the world suggests developers and planning authorities are doing very little to make their projects resilient to climate change. On the contrary, a boom in new city projects in coastal areas – including some on reclaimed land in the sea – appears to fly in the face of the danger of rising sea levels and more frequent extreme... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 09:12
Just as with any true love, to adore a city is to adore all of its parts. That means the iconic buildings, carefully tended streetscapes and sidewalk cafes, of course, but also the grittier side, such as an impassioned curbside conversation and honking horns. To successfully navigate city life is its own accomplishment, bestowing confidence in the young, gratitude in the middle aged, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 09:10
Will the infrastructures of our cities be able to keep up with increasing urban populations? A look at Mexico City suggests that we’re confronting a huge problem. By 2030, 41 cities around the globe are projected to have a population of more than 10 million. Today’s 10 most populous cities—from Tokyo, with 38 million, to Sao Paulo, with 21—collectively house 257 million people. It’s staggering to... Read more