Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: Time for a radical shift
Saturday December 10th, 2016
A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources.
Climate adaptation finance: The gap that can save millions
Friday November 18th, 2016
The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on November 4 marks an important milestone in the long journey to address the climate crisis. Ninety-four countries, accounting for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, ratified the agreement barely a year before it was adopted in Paris in 2015. This is indicative of the growing pressure on all parties, especially on governments, to find a solution to this global challenge. However, while this is a positive and welcome development, it is only a first step. The real challenge lies in ensuring that Paris agreement is able to avert catastrophic climate change and enhance climate resilience, especially among the poor and most vulnerable.
Saturday November 12th, 2016
The Paris Agreement, adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is the first legally binding document for all Parties to address climate change. This is reflected in the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) of Partie.
Floating homes: a solution to flooding, crowded cities and unaffordable housing
World bank: Building Urban Resilience by Empowering Communities
Every year, the warm waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans give rise to typhoons, hurricanes, and other tropical storms that routinely batter the islands and coasts of the Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean. Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan, and now Hurricane Matthew are just some of the storms that have destroyed homes and affected lives across these regions in the past decade. Even as the storms move on, recovering from the aftermath can take years.
Global sustainability experts share blueprint for green development
World’s slum dwellers, homeless must be protected with right to housing – UN expert
QUITO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The right to adequate housing must be adopted formally as a human right – internationally and at country level – as the world grapples with the burgeoning phenomenon of urbanization, the U.N. special rapporteur on housing said Wednesday.
Tens of millions face poverty unless cities plan for disasters: World Bank
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Climate change could plunge tens of millions of city dwellers into poverty in the next 15 years, threatening to undo decades of development efforts, the World Bank said on Wednesday.
Smart urban mobility for smart sustainable cities
Boom in Urban Population Will Make Climate Change Worse
LONDON—The world’s cities are growing even faster than the human population. Within the last 40 years, the global population has increased by a factor of 1.8, but built-up areas have multiplied 2.5 times.
Globally, Sprawl Is Getting Worse
MIAMI—By 2050, an expected 2.5 billion people around the world will be moving to cities. And these numbers don’t even account for the impending migration of communities who are most at risk from climate change.