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[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:26
Homeless people are more likely to have underlying health conditions than the wider population, which puts them at greater risk of dying from COVID-19. California’s Governor estimates that up to 60,000 homeless people in the state could end up infected with COVID-19. Cities around the world are coming up with contingency plans – London’s Mayor is making 300 hotel rooms available so homeless... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:22
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening lives and economies around the world. But it has also demonstrated that human societies are capable of transforming themselves more or less overnight. Four experts say now is the time to usher in systemic economic change. The COVID-19 coronavirus has forced entire countries into lockdown mode, terrified citizens around the world, and triggered a financial-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 03:16
As the world closes in on itself to contain the coronavirus, people are rightfully worried about how the places where they live are affecting their health and well-being. Is it safer to be in a rural area to avoid the seemingly perilous density of a metropolis? Or in a city where health care and other resources are close at hand? As the pandemic expands nationally—upending life in dense urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:57
Transport for London (TfL) will seek government support after a fall in passenger numbers over the past week as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With an increasing amount of people now working from home, the transit operator reported that passenger numbers on the underground were down by 19 percent, while bus use has fallen by 10 percent when compared to the same time last year.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:55
Cities that refuse to pay cybercriminals a ransom can often end up paying more in recovery costs and lost revenue, says a new report by Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights. It cites the City of Baltimore which refused a US$76,000 ransom demand, only to suffer over US$18 million in recovery costs and lost revenues. In 2019 alone, governments reported 163 ransomware attacks with more than US$... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 02:50
Thirteen solutions to assist cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic have been made available online through the portal. The portal–a “smart” marketplace that helps break down procurement barriers, allowing technology solutions to be implemented faster and more efficiently–is listing solutions–to respond to the pandemic–that are being offered by companies for free, or at... Read more