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Turn waste into wealth: World Habitat Day – clean up cities

7 October 2019 – Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business opportunity. This was the message marking World Habitat Day, on Monday, with a focus on waste management. Read More »

Civil Society urges inclusive, resilient, sustainable cities

By Cristina Fan Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Sep 9 2019 (IPS) – The United Nations held its first major international conference in one of America’s mountain states, bringing scores of civil society organizations (CSOs) to discuss ways on making “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030.” The annual UN Civil Society Conference, which had been ... Read More »

Preparing the foundations for climate-resilient cities

By Emmanuel Hitimana Kigali, Jul 15 2019 (IPS) – How do you plan a resilient city? A city that can withstand climate change impacts, and the natural disasters that it produces at increased frequencies. And how do you protect the city, its individuals and communities, its business and institutions from either the increased flooding or prolonged droughts that result? It’s ... Read More »

Philippine cities facing ‘slow-motion disaster’

When Mary Ann San Jose moved to Sitio Pariahan more than two decades ago, she could walk to the local chapel. Today, reaching it requires a swim. The main culprit is catastrophic subsidence caused by groundwater being pumped out from below, often via unregulated wells for homes, factories, and farms catering to a booming population and growing economy. The steady ... Read More »

Cities for the people

By Abhas K. Jha Singapore – Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as “Satan’s wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible.” He could well have been describing many modern-day metropolises. The world, especially Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, is experiencing a massive wave of urbanization. And yet it is occurring largely in the ... Read More »

Cities around the world turn off lights to mark Earth Hour

Hong Kong, Mar 30 (AP/UNB) — Cities around the world were marking Earth Hour on Saturday night by turning off the lights in a call for global action on climate change. In Hong Kong, major buildings along Victoria Harbour turned off their non-essential lights at 8:30 p.m., and the city’s popular tourist attraction known as the Symphony of Lights was ... Read More »