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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 09:32
There are currently 2.53 billion smartphone users in the world. Many of these electronic goods will get disposed quickly because first-time smartphone purchasers will upgrade to a new device within a year. This increase in technology being used and produced presents a huge challenge for mankind and the environment – managing electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) waste, or e-waste. E-waste is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 09:22
PAKISTAN has been struggling to meet its fast-growing demand for transport and provide quality transportation to a rapidly urbanising population. Standing at around 208 million, the nation is already the sixth most populous in the world with a 2.4 per cent growth rate. The Planning Commission has estimated that Pakistan’s population travels nearly 400 billion passenger-kilometres (pkm) each year... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 09:16
City living is often glamorized across the media, characterized by prosperity and cosmopolitan sophistication. But the truth is that rapid urbanization, particularly in Africa and Asia, is adversely affecting diets and food systems, which is leading to health, social, and economic inequality and environmental degradation. As we write this article, we reflect on a significant demographic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:44
BOSTON – Ever since the ancient Greek poet Theocritus wrote his pastoral idylls romanticizing rural life, people have been pondering how to build cities that are in concert with their natural surroundings. But with rates of urbanization growing exponentially around the world , the need for greener cities has never been more urgent. Fortunately, innovation and technology can help strike this long-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:36
Researchers have taken a look at the carbon footprints of 13,000 cities in a large study of the world's urban areas. A study on the findings, led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, was published in Environmental Research Letters. The team looked at the carbon emissions of each city, and then ranked them in order. A city in this study was defined as being a “contiguous densely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:01
As technology changes the way people live and work, cities are undergoing an unprecedented transformation. Those that have the infrastructure and strategy to manage this rapid technological shift are set to become the most competitive. Globally, city economies in India, Vietnam and China have the strongest short-term momentum. The pace and scale of change in these markets is extraordinary,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 09:54
With its futuristic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands and opulent hotels, it’s unsurprising that Dubai has been named a Unesco Creative City of Design. Skyscraper buildings on waterfront. Image by ©Andrew Mongomery/Lonely Planet It’s become the first city in the Middle East to receive the designation from the UN’s cultural wing. The title is designed to celebrate cities that use innovation to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 09:45
Rapid population growth and urbanisation of African cities will see nearly 350 million new city-dwellers by 2030, and a billion more by 20631. In response to meeting the expected demand of the future populous – and the standards for sustainable urbanisation set out in the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda, Habitat III – The African Union (AU) developed Agenda 2063. But, how will we get from the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 09:19
Our relationship with waste and junk is peculiar. Instead of wiping it out of sight, our imagination revels in the many possibilities it offers. Countless Hollywood films present the junkyard as a site where many plot developments take place, from wheeling and dealing to epiphanies. Pop culture’s most recent phenomenon, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, imagines the future to be a scrap-yard... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 16:24
Waste management is a collective responsibility, which falls under the purview of everyone concerned. It isn’t a responsibility of only a few. This is especially true when we see a humongous amount of waste generated on a daily basis in the living spaces that one dwells in. In this context, reports suggest that the real estate sector is one of the largest contributors to waste generation. It’s... Read more