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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 15:40
This publication takes a retrospective look at how ten cities have grown and evolved using the planned city extension approach. The cities presented are very different: they are in developed or developing countries; they were built in the 17th or 20th centuries; they are neighbourhoods or complete cities; they house the rich and the poor. However, they also have common aspects that serve to... Read more
Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 06:21
Umeå’s population has doubled over the last 50 years to 118 000 inhabitants.  As such, it is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities in an otherwise sparsely populated region. Road traffic in the city centre is resulting in reduced air quality. The municipality, in collaboration with several national organisations, has therefore developed a plan to reduce road traffic and air emissions, and... Read more
Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 05:36
CHIC involves 23 partners from eight countries: 10 transport companies, eight industry partners and five research/consultancy organisations. The total project cost is € 81.8m, of which € 25.88m is co-funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) - a public-private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen... Read more
Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 05:21
In January 2008 Oslo, a city of 630 000, decided to cut CO2 transport emissions. Initially it aimed to double the number of people cycling in two years. But during cold winters cycling is not so attractive to citizens, so Oslo made plans to increase the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads. After a push by the national EV community (including the Norwegian EV association, the Green Car... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 09:02
This third report in the Turn Down the Heat series covers three World Bank regions: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); and parts of Europe and Central Asia (ECA). The focus is on the risks of climate change to development. While covering a range of sectors, special attention is paid to projected impacts on food and energy systems, water resources, and... Read more
Posted on Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:32
The Asia-Pacific Issue Brief Series on Urbanization and Climate Change is a joint initiative from UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and UN-Habitat. The briefs brings forward some of the critical issues from municipal government representatives from Asia and the Pacific discussed at various workshops and seminars on climate change and pro poor issues. The issue brief series aims to continue... Read more
Posted on Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:20
The Asia-Pacific Issue Brief Series on Urbanization and Climate Change is a joint initiative from UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and UN-Habitat. The briefs brings forward some of the critical issues from municipal government representatives from Asia and the Pacific discussed at various workshops and seminars on climate change and pro poor issues. The issue brief series aims to continue... Read more
Posted on Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:14
The Asia-Pacific Issue Brief Series on Urbanization and Climate Change is a joint initiative of the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and UN-Habitat. The briefs bring forward some critical issues raised by municipal government representatives from Asian-Pacific cities at various climate change issues related workshops and seminars.  Building on the rich discussions at the workshop, the issue... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 10:02
The study runs through various visions of the city – the "continuous city", the "city on water" – from sources as diverse as planning departments and the computer game SimCity, before drawing them all together in a visualised taxonomy of city terms The study also contains lots of attractive historical urban designs that never came to anything, like this 1981 rendering of a "high rise city"... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:26
“Protracted and recurrent crises have become the norm… Humanitarian aid agencies are finding themselves on the ground for years on end.” OCHA, the international body in charge of immediate, post-crisis rescue needs, is sounding the alarm that aid needs to shift from being reactive to preventative. Source: OCHA NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around... Read more

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