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Growing City Populations Face Unique Challenges

Growing City Populations Face Unique Challenges

The world’s urban population is expected to grow to 6.3 billion by 2050, putting even more pressure on developing country cities.

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Using Information and Communications Technology to Create Cohesive, Sustainable Cities

Using Information and Communications Technology to Create Cohesive, Sustainable Cities

The use of technology in city planning will increase access to information, create cohesive cities and embolden inclusivity

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Green Jobs on the Rise

Green Jobs on the Rise

By 2030, green jobs will create 20 million jobs & profit. Stimulating green growth means beating a transitioning market

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Rio+20: A move towards more sustainable transportation

Rio+20: A move towards more sustainable transportation

Transportation emits ~80% of the harmful air pollutants; we must decrease emissions to improve health & sustainability

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Growing France Towards a Degrowth Economy

Growing France Towards a Degrowth Economy

A note to the new French president on how he can degrow France’s economy, growing jobs & opportunities in the process.

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Lessons from the Slums: Finding Solutions That Work

Lessons from the Slums: Finding Solutions That Work

To incorporate the more than 800 million people that live in slums worldwide, strong and innovative political leaders need to act

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From Food Deserts to Healthy Cities

From Food Deserts to Healthy Cities

Cities are often structured in ways that make us sick, but with a new emphasis on green urban planning, health and sustainability are becoming reincorporated into urban plans.

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How Sustainable is The Big Apple?

How Sustainable is The Big Apple?

Comparing the shiny and rotten halves of the Big Apple.

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Going Solo or Going Multigenerational?

Going Solo or Going Multigenerational?

A new book suggests that living alone could be a very green option. But wouldn’t living with one’s parents, grandparents, and children be even more sustainable?

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What Does a One-planet City Look Like?

What Does a One-planet City Look Like?

Vancouver is trying to be the world’s Greenest City, but that is far from a truly sustainable city. What changes are really needed?

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São Paulo: Ready to Lead into a Greener Future?

São Paulo: Ready to Lead into a Greener Future?

As climate negotiations were getting under way last week in Cancún, Mexico, I found myself some 6,600 kilometers to the south, in São Paulo, Brazil. [Read More...]

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From Black Helicopters to Public Bikes

From Black Helicopters to Public Bikes

As the clash intensifies between the resource demands of growing economies and the planet’s fixed environmental capacity, the responses of a frightened leadership are increasingly [Read More...]

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As U.S. Transit Ridership Rises, So Does the Need for Maintenance

As U.S. Transit Ridership Rises, So Does the Need for Maintenance

Ridership on U.S. subways, light and commuter rail, buses, and other forms of urban mass transit is on the rise. In recent years, the number [Read More...]

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Shanghai Postcard: Reflections from China’s Ever-Changing Metropolis

Shanghai Postcard: Reflections from China’s Ever-Changing Metropolis

I’m attending an international symposium here in Shanghai (“Beyond the Crisis: From Recovery to Long-term Sustainable Development of the World Economy”) co-hosted by Germany’s Friedrich [Read More...]

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In the “Century of the City,” Sustainable Urbanites Will Ride Rail

In the “Century of the City,” Sustainable Urbanites Will Ride Rail

Photo courtesy Larsa. In booming Lahore, the current transportation master plan proposes spending 94.8 percent of funding for road development, management, and maintenance and only [Read More...]

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