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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:03
Cities have a greater ability than they realize to bend the emissions curve toward a low-carbon future. From zoning, to line-items in the city budget, to projects included in a capital improvement program; there are touchpoints in the regulatory, policy, and planning authority of local governments that can be leveraged to ­influence carbon emissions within their jurisdictions. The key to cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:32
Migration from rural to urban areas is causing catastrophic pollution levels. That points to a bigger role for train networks. The biggest problem facing the world’s transport planners and visionaries isn’t how to develop the most amazing new transport technologies — it’s how to fit our planet’s fast-growing population into the tight confines of its ever-growing megacities. The world’s 25 largest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:24
Are you aware of the Megatrends that will change your life? According to the definition published by Frost & Sullivan consulting, a megatrend is a global and sustained development force impacting society, culture, economy and business; therefore, it will significantly impact what our future world will look like. Analyzing megatrends and tying them to your future strategy is critical if you... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:20
There was probably no better location for the 16th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business at the beginning of November than the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. A central theme of this year’s conference was urbanization, and urban densification can be experienced firsthand in the thriving metropolis of Jakarta – more intensely than almost anywhere else in the world. Jakarta is the commercial... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:13
Though trees aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about city living, urban forests are integral to ensuring and enhancing the quality of life in densely populated areas. Trees and green spaces provide a range of environmental and social benefits that can address some of the most persistent issues facing our cities today, from health and well-being, to social and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:11
When high-tech bicycle rental scheme Mobike dropped hundreds of its distinctive orange and silver bikes across the northern British city of Manchester, it promised a cheap, flexible and low-carbon way to travel. In September, the firm announced it was pulling out of the city, citing significant bike losses due to theft and vandalism and following complaints of anti-social use and street... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 18:09
Earth’s rural areas are being transformed by climate change and technology. In the opening scene of Blade Runner 2049, a flying craft navigates California over an endless expanse of solar farms and tessellated plastic fields on its way to a desolate farmstead. Watching it, I was struck by the dazzling futuristic spectacle, but also surprised to see the countryside at all in a science-fiction film... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 16:15
Sustainable, smart cities are at the heart of all conversations about the rising demand for cooling and rapid urbanization. This is not surprising: if you scrambled for ways to keep cool in the city during the heatwave this summer in Europe, chances are you weren’t alone. Across the world, extreme weather and prolonged heatwaves set records and, understandably, drive a previously unseen demand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 16:10
Rapid urbanisation is a key factor in both, the rising levels of malnutrition and obesity, in Asia and the Pacific BANGKOK - Hundreds of millions of children and adults in Asia's rapidly expanding cities are undernourished, and will remain so without "inclusive, sustainable and nutrition-sensitive" urban planning, United Nations officials said on Friday. The Asia-Pacific region has the world's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 16:01
Around the world, new developments are increasingly framed as sustainable to both policymakers and prospective buyers. They are seen as a “win-win” for the environment and the economy. However, recent concerns suggest social inequality often results. Barangaroo is one such green development on the harbourfront in Sydney, Australia. What was once a contaminated, dilapidated, post-industrial wharf... Read more