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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:16
FAO urges investments in urban forests to address pollution, climate change, and lack of water supplies Investing in green spaces can help transform cities into more sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable and pleasant places to live, said FAO ahead of the International Day of Forests (21 March 2018). If planned and managed well, cities can be great places to live, but many urban developments... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:29
Homelessness is a complex issue, but one that's possible to solve, if the success of three cities in the United States is anything to go by. Policy-makers and non-profit organizations worldwide have wrestled with homelessness for decades. Like poverty, it has been assumed that it will always exist. But a US national programme called Built for Zero is offering a glimmer of hope. A Gallup poll... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:26
Smart city initiatives are top of mind among city leaders, urban planners and technology vendors today. However, most of their mindshare and resources is directed towards technology, and not on trust. While a smart city is powered by technology and data, it is enabled and sustained by the trust its stakeholders have with the city, its services and service providers, and with each other. When... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:24
The clout of local governments should never be underestimated. When Xcel Energy recently made the monumental decision to pursue a 100% carbon reduction goal by 2050, Chairman and CEO Ben Fowke noted that local communities are already leading the charge. “When your customers are asking for this over and over, you really do listen,” Fowke said in a recent article. He specifically mentioned the 100... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:18
Surging consumption of natural resources - 92 billion tonnes in 2017 - accounts for over 90 percent of the world's biodiversity loss   Global exploitation of natural resources - from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones - has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced. Surging consumption of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:10
On the outskirts of Nairobi, vast tracts of agricultural land are seeing a new type of growth, as steel rods and concrete pillars set into the red earth reach into the Kenyan sky. More than 17,000 acres (6,900 hectares) of farmland that was home to coffee bushes and cattle is being turned into satellite cities as developers eye the nation’s growing middle-class. Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, is home... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019 - 14:31
UN-Habitat and UN Environment, together with ICLEI, UCLG and Cities Alliance, co-hosted the first Cities Summit during the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4) in Nairobi. Held under the theme Innovation for Livable and sustainable Cities: Multi-level and Integrated Urban Systems, the Cities Summit provided a forum for high level dialogue between mayors, ministers, private sector... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:34
Wild bees are indispensable pollinators, supporting both agricultural productivity and the diversity of flowering plants worldwide. But wild bees are experiencing widespread declines resulting from multiple interacting factors. A new University of Michigan-led study suggests that the effects of one of those factors—urbanization—may have been underestimated. The team found that the sex ratio of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:26
Over 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives are gathering in Nairobi for a meeting of the world’s top body on the environment, where they will take decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path. The fourth UN Environment Assembly runs from 11-15 March under the theme Innovative Solutions for Environmental... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019 - 16:31
While many sub-Saharan African cities are perceived to be unplanned, many larger cities have enacted some degree of urban planning. Still, many cities that did have urban plans seem unstructured. A recent report on the effectiveness of urban planning in Tanzania analyzes the links between the planning process and managing better urban growth. The main study of the report investigates the impact... Read more