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[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017 - 16:04
"There isn’t a single city in the world that is ready to cope with that level of growth in their populations" As rapidly growing cities face increased pressure on their existing services and infrastructure, urban dwellers have an important role to play in helping local governments tackle the challenges, speakers at a cities conference said this week. Citizens can help city authorities improve... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:08
The future of Europe will be made in cities and their creative citizens will be paramount to help bring solutions to societal challenges, said Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent and President of EUROCITIES. “We need to show the public how Europe enables us to improve city life,” he said during the Brussels-based city network’s annual conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. “It has been my ambition, and it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has purchased nearly 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Arizona for the construction of a brand-new "smart city," AZ Central reports. In conjunction with Belmont Partners, who holds the property, Gates's investment firm Cascade Investment LLC has committed $80 million to build a community composed of offices, stores, schools, and homes. The community... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 16:03
The good news is that its elements were all consciously chosen and implemented – and by the same logic, they can now be consciously re-structured. Recently the world passed the one-year anniversary of a major milestone: the final approval of the “New Urban Agenda,” a landmark document issued at the conclusion of the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, and later adopted by acclamation by all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:41
Cities that were at the forefront of limiting their own participation in aggressive federal immigration enforcement are now expanding the scope of their work: Protecting their residents from data-collection and surveillance, too. Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez has been awaiting deportation at the McHenry County Jail since seven Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents entered his home in March,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:14
US cities and states pledge, ‘we’re still in’ Despite the unofficial US Climate Action pavilion being built by private funds, cities and states arrived in Bonn led by Jerry Brown, Governor of California, and Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. A total of 20 US states, 110 cities, and over 1,400 businesses with US operations representing nearly 1.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 16:16
Hurricane Maria created immense devastation in Puerto Rico, leaving the island and its people facing a long recovery process. Crucially, its electric grid suffered such widespread damage that, a month after the storm, 75 percent of the island remains without electricity, and it could take up to six months before all the power is restored. There is little the average resident can do but wait.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 15:36
(IPS) – Rapid urbanization is increasingly shifting the impacts of malnutrition from rural to urban areas. One in three stunted under-five children out of 155 million across the world now lives in cities and towns. Degrading land productivity, deepening impacts of changes in climate, conflict, and food insecurity, poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities are driving mostly the rural poor into... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 15:10
Throughout the course of history, cities have been hubs of diversity, creativity and economic growth. Across the globe, people are moving to cities looking for jobs, education and a better life. Every two weeks, the world’s urban population grows by 3 million people – roughly the size of Chicago. Constrained by legacy infrastructure and tight budgets, local governments are challenged to support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 - 14:56
A new global standard for reporting cities’ greenhouse gas emissions inventories has been announced by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy during the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23, hosted by Bonn. The reporting framework is a harmonised protocol for local-scale greenhouse gas reporting and will allow cities to track their contributions and impacts in a... Read more