Cycling Key to Paris Declaration: ‘City in Motion: People First!’


Source: Environment News Service 18 April 2014
Cycling Key to Paris Declaration: ‘City in Motion: People First!’

PARIS, France, April 16, 2014 (ENS) – Every year more than 76,600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport and 10,000 lives would be...

Every Street Can't Be Everything to Everyone


Source: Sustainable Cities 17 April 2014
Every Street Can't Be Everything to Everyone

Recently I spoke about why Toronto shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss streetcars and light rail. Today, I’d like to talk about...

Sustainability reaching its limit in top Chinese cities


Source: South China Morning Post 17 April 2014
Sustainability reaching its limit in top Chinese cities

The richest cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have reached a turning point at which improvement...

How text messages can eradicate waiting times


Source: The Guardian 17 April 2014
How text messages can eradicate waiting times

Has there ever been a more explosive issue in the NHS than waiting times? Progress has been made in more recent times, but figures published...

IBM Smarter Cities Public Safety—Law Enforcement


Source: IBM 17 April 2014
IBM Smarter Cities Public Safety—Law Enforcement

Dedicated to protecting citizens and property, many law enforcement agencies are finding it more and more difficult to...

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Smart building projects to boom in 2018


Source: Silicon Angle 17 April 2014
Smart building projects to boom in 2018

In a recent report by the IDC Energy Insights, titled the Global Smart Buildings Forecast, researchers set out to determine the business value...

Urban Density and Sustainability


Source: Sustainable Cities 17 April 2014
Urban Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban...

Cleaning up oil spills with magnets at MIT


Source: YouTube 17 April 2014
Cleaning up oil spills with magnets at MIT

MIT researchers have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water that could be...

The City Is Dying


Source: Sustainable Cities 17 April 2014
The City Is Dying

Turns out, there is a geography to peak urbanization. First, I must address rural demographic dynamics. On one hand, the big loser...

Indoor air quality sensors could be coming to your smartphone


Source: TreeHugger 17 April 2014
Indoor air quality sensors could be coming to your smartphone

Indoor air quality can be as much of a health concern as the air quality outdoors. Things like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide...

The intersection of public health and transport in Indian cities


Source: TheCityFix 16 April 2014
The intersection of public health and transport in Indian cities

Typical transport investment and policy proposals in India often consider few factors, some being connectivity with surrounding areas...

Archive Global: fighting disease with low-tech, low-cost home design


Source: The Guardian 16 April 2014
Archive Global: fighting disease with low-tech, low-cost home design

Carving out windows for cross ventilation, replacing dirt floors with concrete – these housing design strategies might seem like obvious ways...

UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities


Source: Sustainable Cities 16 April 2014
UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding...

Women in solar: does the industry need a skills strategy?


Source: BusinessGreen 15 April 2014
Women in solar: does the industry need a skills strategy?

Earlier this month, the government unveiled its long-awaited solar strategy, designed to ramp up investment in the burgeoning sector...

As the Seas Rise, Cities 'Dither'


Source: Planetizen 15 April 2014
As the Seas Rise, Cities 'Dither'

The world’s coastal cities now face an impossible situation as a result of climate change. While the impacts and catastrophes become inevitable...

How Cities Can Be Designed to Help — or Hinder — Sharing


Source: Shareable 15 April 2014
How Cities Can Be Designed to Help — or Hinder — Sharing

Centuries before someone first uttered the words “sharing economy,” the steady rise of cities embodied both the principles and promise...

The chasm between business academics and development academics


Source: The Guardian 15 April 2014
The chasm between business academics and development academics

During my Master's degree, I was inspired by the words of Kofi Annan at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg...

Customer Focussed Utilities


Source: IBM 14 April 2014
Customer Focussed Utilities

Two recent IBM research reports, Plugging in the Consumer: Innovating Utility Business Models for the Future, and...

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Carbon Trading in China: Short-Term Experience, Long-Term Wisdom


Source: The Energy Collective 14 April 2014
Carbon Trading in China: Short-Term Experience, Long-Term Wisdom

Last week, Hubei Province became the sixth jurisdiction in China to launch a pilot carbon emissions trading program, joining Shenzhen, Shanghai...

A Safe City is a Just City


Source: The Guardian 14 April 2014
A Safe City is a Just City

As cities in the developing world continue to grow, so do their traffic safety concerns. Latin America, for instance, now sees three times as many...

Pollutionwatch: Danger in the air


Source: The Guardian 14 April 2014
Pollutionwatch: Danger in the air

Early April's mixture of air pollution and Saharan dust attracted considerable media attention but air pollution in mid-March was far worse...

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