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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 20:14
Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water. However, the plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about - water scarcity. Despite covering about 70% of the Earth's surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:45
Economist Glaeser’s edX course examines benefits, potential risks of increased urbanization After three decades studying cities, Harvard economist believes the worldwide spread of urbanization offers significant opportunities to elevate the human condition. But in “CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life,” a HarvardX course that begins on Thursday, he warns that we need creative... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:39
Rapid urbanization is not only a phenomenon experienced by mega-cities, but smaller cities too, with the fastest growing urban agglomerations being cities with less than 1 million inhabitants. With rapid population growth and increasing water scarcity, cities need to decouple population growth from water consumption to ensure urban water security. The City of Guelph is one of the fastest growing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:08
UN Climate Change News, 15 February 2018 –  The 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur concluded this week with a call to use the new urban agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and support climate action. According to the UN, the world’s urban population is expected to grow by 2.5 billion by 2050, with over 90 per cent of this growth to take place in Africa, Asia,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:06
Forced displacement is increasingly an urban crisis that needs an integrated humanitarian and development approach in cities, according to a new World Bank report released at the World Urban Forum. “The reported numbers of refugees usually refer to those registered by UNHCR,” Axel Baeumler, Senior Infrastructure Economist at the World Bank and co-author of the report told Cities Today. “However... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:04
Urban concentration is typically deemed to lead to greater national economic growth. This column challenges this view, using an original dataset covering 68 countries over the past three decades. Urban concentration levels have decreased or remained stable on average, though these averages hide widely diverging trends across countries. Although concentration has been beneficial for high-income... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:18
More public sector jobs should go to secondary cities, and tax breaks could encourage the private sector to play its part KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments ought to make smaller cities more attractive to their citizens seeking better opportunities, the United Nations said on Friday, as that would reduce demands on overcrowded megacities. More public sector jobs... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:05
As the dust settles from the first World Urban Forum since the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, a trillion-dollar question looms large: How will the world pay for the UN’s ambitious vision of sustainable cities? While no economist has ever put a price tag on the 20-year quest to implement the New Urban Agenda, a 2015 report called “The State of City Climate Finance” estimated a $4.5-5.4 trillion... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:53
The past couple of years have been a roller-coaster for Maurice Cushinberry - first of homelessness, substance abuse and legal trouble, and then of sudden stability. Although he had tried to find a home during that time, he was discouraged by the paperwork and process. But shortly after Easter last year, a social worker contacted him and said he had been selected to participate in a new... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:20
As today’s urban areas house more than half the world’s population and produce more than 80 percentof global economic activity, cities are uniquely positioned to deliver sustainable solutions. However, poor local air quality and issues related to global climate change are negatively impacting the lives of millions. Promising solutions exist – cities are increasingly turning to low- and zero-... Read more

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