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Beijing's Liveability Ranking Ignores the Environment

Angel Hsu | Posted 10.07.2015 | Green
Angel Hsu

Beijing's toxic air belies the city's progress. It's a hazard to health and a demoralizing cloud over everyday life. It is economically costly and it stains the city's reputation as a cultural capital.

Review: How Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, And Cory Booker Flunked School Reform

The National Book Review | Posted 10.07.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

No one was tasked with informing Newark that its school system was about to be overhauled by a pair of politicians with a think-tank plan, backed by a Silicon Valley fortune.

Climate Change This Week: The Flood Connection, a Clean Energy Superpower, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
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Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Peruvian Amazon forests disappear, so does this insect, and webs of amazing be...

The 10 Most Instagrammable Cities in Europe

Eating Europe Tours | Posted 10.06.2015 | Travel
Eating Europe Tours

Wondering which European cities are best represented on Instagram? Yep, we were too! So we undertook the highly scientific mathematical research of finding out how many times the hashtags for the names of each city in Europe have been used.

Program Director Ross Reflects on Detroit

Techonomy | Posted 10.01.2015 | Detroit

Tiana Epps-Johnson presents at Techonomy Detroit 2015 on "Civic Engagement & The New Digital Divide." Simone Ross It's been a couple of weeks sinc...

How The Location Of Your Home Affects Your Health

The Huffington Post | Joann Pan | Posted 10.01.2015 | OWN

You live: Well above sea level What the research says: High-altitude living could lead to a leaner physique. People who lived at sea level were up t...

The Smart Choice for Cities: Welcome Immigrants, Don't Stigmatize Them

Steven Choi | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Steven Choi

In his historic speech to Congress, Pope Francis hailed the welcoming values of acceptance and diversity that the United States represents throughout the world.

Beyond Public Transportation: Innovative Approaches to Affordable and Sustainable Transportation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Finding environmentally friendly modes of urban transportation is a key issue for cities working to ensure sustainable development. In Nairobi, a number of studies have identified the significant risk to pedestrians and bicyclists operating in and around the city.

The World's Top 20 Cities, According to That Dude Who Visited Every Country

Thrillist | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel

I've been to a few cities in my quest to visit all 198 countries in the world, and I've written a book about it called 198: How I Ran Out of Countries. But this list is about the top 20 cities that I love -- based on the people, the food, the fun, and the atmosphere.

The Top 10 Tap Water Cities in America

Rodale's Organic Life | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Rodale's Organic Life

In Louisville, Kentucky, sand and gravel filtration and hundreds of daily tests ensure that even water from the not-so-untouched Ohio River flows from taps sweet and clean.

Greenwich Is the Place to Be

Lisa Chau | Posted 09.21.2015 | New York
Lisa Chau

Suburban Jungle is an award-winning, first-of-its-kind service that has been featured in major media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall S...

To Improve Communities for People, We Should Make Them Friendlier to Birds

Chandra Taylor Smith | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Chandra Taylor Smith

Every community has a unique ecological and cultural story to tell. And part of that story is told through the birds that coexist with people in each community.

Unlocking Cities' Sustainable Potentials

Bertine Stelzer | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Bertine Stelzer

The capacity to access cities' sustainability potential lies in their residents and the diversity and knowledge they represent.

Putting Focus on a Deadly -- but Preventable -- Problem

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Michael R. Bloomberg

Unless we act quickly, traffic crashes will rise from the world's ninth-leading cause of death today to the seventh-leading cause by 2030 -- which could claim as many as 1.8 million lives each year.

From Saudi Skyscrapers to Turkish Tunnels

Kurt Bock | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Kurt Bock

What will our cities look and sound like in the future? How can more and more people find living space and maintain quality of life? Do we have enough resources, such as water, electricity and clean air, for everyone?

Built By Cities, For Cities

Dr. Patricia McCarney | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Dr. Patricia McCarney

Up until now the very concepts of "inclusivity", "safety", "sustainability" and "resiliency" were defined and measured in countless different ways.

Transforming the Most Violent City in the World

Jonathan Reckford | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Jonathan Reckford

Without sound plans for growth, cities will continue to see an increase in informal settlements and crowded slums; and lack of secure tenure in these areas will discourage families from investing in housing improvements.

Managing the Unavoidable, Avoiding the Unmanageable

Ashvin Dayal | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Ashvin Dayal

We have a responsibility to change direction, and ensure that our growing cities are ready and have planned for crises in a way that not only minimizes losses and disruptions, but that actually improves day-to-day life in the process.

Blasting Off to Sustainability

Cynthia Rosenzweig | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Cynthia Rosenzweig

Cities' front-line role in solving climate change is coming to the fore. UN-Habitat estimates that the world's cities account for up to 70 percent of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Cities Are Where Change Happens

Nadia Owusu | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Nadia Owusu

If there is one thing that Katrina taught us, it is that the success of a city's most vulnerable residents is inextricably connected to the future prospects for the entire city.

Making Cities Thrive

Patrick L. Phillips | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Patrick L. Phillips

Urban planning and development has been and will be increasingly affected by the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels, extreme heat, drought and storms of greater intensity.

Jolting into Action for Safe Cities

Thomas G. Dallessio | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Thomas G. Dallessio

Defining and designing a more inclusive city won't be easy. As we've seen here in the U.S. and other places around the world, solving segregation will take bold leadership from city officials and federal government.

In Colombia, Neighborhoods Can Mean Life or Death

Samantha Cocco-Klein | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Samantha Cocco-Klein

A long overdue first step is making excluded, urban children visible. The SDGs can improve this by holding governments accountable for accurately measuring the number of urban children facing deprivations of basic rights.

Five Ways to Deploy a 21st Century Workforce

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Jamie Merisotis

In our dynamic and global economy, we need to ask whether our workforce is equipped to meet the increasingly complex demands of the 21st century. The answer, as it stands today, is a decisive no.

Climate Change: A Genocide Driver, Solar Scores Again, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.15.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

New data, with help from Google, illustrate unprecedented -- and until now, largely overlooked -- forest loss in Southeast Asia and West Africa, among other hotspots.