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Cities And Nature In The Age Of Urbanization

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

We are in the midst of one of the greatest human migrations that our world has ever seen -- that of humanity from rural areas into cities.

Watch Cities Spread Across The Planet Over 5,000 Years

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.18.2016 | World

Cities have grown at such a rapid pace in the last few decades, it’s easy to forget that the world has been urbanizing for thousands of years. New ...

New York, Boston And D.C. Could Eventually Be One Gigantic City

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 06.17.2016 | Business

The world’s population is moving into urban centers at a dizzying pace. An estimated 66 percent of people will live in cities by 2050. And as the n...

Feeding A Hungry Urban World

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

It's time to update what we know about global food security. Those familiar with the dialogue will know that the year 2050 marks an important threshold. By then, the planet will have swollen to nine billion people, and we'll have to dramatically increase food production in order to feed them.

Leaving No City Behind: Adapting Crisis Response to an Urbanizing World

Joan Clos | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact
Joan Clos

Humanitarian crises increasingly play out in urban settings: some 85 percent of the 21 countries that have received the most humanitarian aid in the last three years have some of the highest global urbanization rates.

How rapid urbanisation is changing the profile of wildlife in cities

The Conversation Africa | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Caroline Isaksson, Lund University and Petra Sumasgutner, University of Cape Town Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural ones. Afric...

3 Issues We Can't Ignore If We're Going to Solve the Health Workforce Crisis

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Today there is a global shortage of 7.2 million health workers. The World Health Organization and World Bank estimate that if we're to have any chance of attaining universal access to health care by 2030, we'll need to train and deploy 40-50 million new health and social care workers worldwide.

Europe, Youth and the New Urban Agenda

Hung Vo | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Hung Vo

The music starts cautiously. Water is trickling out of a small source somewhere in the Czech mountains. Throughout the piece the small stream develops into a big river and the music becomes more and more energetic until it reaches its peak: the river Vltava finally reaches its destination.

Share The Word: Global Art Project Turns Slums Into Creative Hubs

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 03.15.2016 | Good News
Bibbi Abruzzini

Slums: crumbling overcrowded shanties, often a labyrinth of clichés in misery and inadequate housing. Locals and foreigners view slums as no trespass...

Putting the "Real" Into Sustainable Real-Estate: How One Tech Company is Positioned to Tackle a Trillion Dollar Opportunity

Mark Coleman | Posted 02.25.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

Half of the world's 7.4 billion people live in cities. According to research by the United Nations, in 2050 more than 70% of the world's population (p...

The Urban Condition Is the Human Condition

Kim Samuel | Posted 02.09.2016 | Green
Kim Samuel

Measuring and understanding these challenges at the urban scale is our best hope for success in improving the quality of people's lives in the places that most people live. The time is now to work together to find innovative solutions for combating isolation and promoting environmental sustainability in tandem.

2016's Unhappy New Year of Risk

Dante Disparte | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Dante Disparte

Risk managers and decision makers may already have been inclined to think that 2016 will be a challenging year, but based on the degree of market turm...


Dante Disparte | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Dante Disparte

Since the turn of the century, more people live in cities than in rural areas. This profound shift in human habitation heralds a new era - one rife w...

Chinese Cities Will Not Become Greener Without a Decentralized and Smarter Taxation System

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In a recent visit to Xuzhou city, Jiangsu Province, a third tier Chinese city with nearly 10 million inhabitants and also a resource-exhausted city, we could not help but think what we would do and what we could achieve when facing the city's environmental and economic challenges.

Keeping Older Chinese Working

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.06.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

China has officially lifted its one-child policy as part of their 13th Five Year Plan. The issue is whether the colossal demographic consequences on economic growth can find solutions.

Youth Engagement Necessary to Achieve Sustainable Urban Development

Hung Vo | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Hung Vo

A peculiar mix of people sat in an overcrowded lecture room at The New School this past weekend to participate in an Urban Lab, hosted by the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, that was part of the NYC Urban Thinkers Campus.

Cities, Inequality and the Common Good

Sheila Foster | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Sheila Foster

On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis curiously chose to spend his time in three of our largest cities--New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. As a Pope deeply concerned with social and economic inequality, perhaps this was no coincidence.

The Middle Class Are Urbanizing at a Rapid Speed, Can the Global Food System Keep Up? Is Reducing Food Waste the Key?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

Between 2010 and 2025 one billion people earning more than $10 a day will move from rural areas into a city.

Making Chinese Cities Smarter: Leapfrogging Intra-city Transport Development with 'Big Data'

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The period 2015/2016 is unique and remarkable for the development prospects of China. First, last week China took part in the UN global summit regarding the adoption of 17 sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

Quiet Is Crucial to Your Health: The Dangers of Urban Noise

Carrie Sturrock | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Carrie Sturrock

Because of increasing urbanization, noise pollution will only worsen and affect more people. The U.S. National Prevention Strategy -- tasked with increasing the number of healthy Americans through wellness and prevention -- can put noise on the national health policy agenda.

Can China's One-Child Policy Enforcers Transform Rural Education?

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

This article is the first in a What’s Working series that looks at innovative policy solutions pioneered by the Rural Education Action Program, an i...

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

The Key to Humanity's Future? Asian Cities

John Rossant | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
John Rossant

The rise of cities in Asia will go on to define the world as we know it. Therefore, it is essential for city leaders in these areas of rapid urban growth to take active measures to curb and solve problems, because if these problems are not addressed now, they will only worsen in the future.

How Is Urbanization in Africa Affecting Real Estate?

Kian Moini | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business
Kian Moini

According to the United Nations, by 2030, Africa and Asia will have higher numbers of urban dwellers than any other major area of the world.

How Localizing Is the Key To Our Urban Future

Michael Sorkin | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Sorkin

NEW YORK -- Ironically, in this era of exponential growth, we are witnessing the disappearance of cities. Our urbanism is becoming increasingly generic -- a Starbucks on every corner and an iPhone in every palm. We can do better.