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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:42
Pandemics are defined as large-scale outbreaks of an infectious disease that can vastly increase morbidity (occurrence of disease) and mortality over a wide geographic area.  Inevitably, pandemics cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. Most pandemics in history have originated through “zoonosis’, the transmission of pathogens from animals to humans. The bubonic plague of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:34
At the time of writing, Italy’s coronavirus (COVID-19) death toll stood at 8,215, with 80,589 confirmed cases. In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, city officials and departments are having to adapt rapidly to new challenges and find innovative ways to keep people safe while running day-to-day business. “In three days we moved 4,000 city staff from their desks to ‘smart working... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:32
Large decreases in air pollutant concentrations, namely nitrogen dioxide (NO2), have fallen in European cities due to strict quarantine measures imposed across the continent. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) data, which is measured hourly on the ground at 3,000 locations, has recorded reductions in some cities of up to 50 percent. “The EEA’s data show an accurate picture of the drop in air... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 00:29
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are experiencing the largest telecommunity of all time. You might be one of the millions of employees working from home and conducting online meetings with colleagues via Zoom or GoToMeeting. Our elderly parents are FaceTiming their grandkids on iPhones, and our kids are still streaming PBS Kids or Khan Academy (and okay, admit it, TikTok). However, many... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 - 23:56
The smart city market is in hyper-growth: $189 billion will be spent worldwide on smart cities initiatives by 2023. Smart cities rely on connections between systems, sensors and devices, but the more things that are connected, the greater the opportunity for cyberattackers to infiltrate. Security by design and governance involving cyber-specialists are crucial to smart city initiatives. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 - 23:49
As the nationwide lockdown forces citizens indoors, the struggle to stay social has lead to innovative efforts to boost morale. From balcony conversations with neighbours to moving the 'aperitivo' culture online, the changes to urban life have been dramatic. The past days have seen a dramatic transformation of Italy’s urban space in a time of great tragedy. With the population under orders not... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:51
Advocates of autonomous mobility are looking forward to the day when zero-emission, shared autonomous vehicles deliver services that dramatically reduce urban congestion and pollution. But as the mass deployment of autonomous vehicles seems farther and farther off, it is important to point out that we don’t have to wait for autonomy to realize many of the efficiencies that shared mobility can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:43
More than 80 percent of Americans live in cities, which consume more than two-thirds of the nation’s energy and account for up to 70 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Those figures are set to hold steady if not grow further, but the status quo for cities’ sustainability is not an option. We currently need 1.7 Earths to support current demands on natural resources, and that is clearly not... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:40
More than half the world's population lives in cities, hubs for transnational business and movement with the potential to amplify pandemic risk; Cities with a high concentration of urban poor and deep inequalities are potentially more vulnerable than those that are better resourced, less crowded and more equal; National and city governments could benefit from a pandemic preparedness index to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:32
More than 102,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 around the world. There have been more than 390,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally. The World Health Organization calls for more aggressive action to stem the spread. The world has passed another coronavirus milestone, with more than 100,000 patients now successfully recovered from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins... Read more