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Politicians & Public Transport in India: The Need to Look Beyond Inaugurations & Celebrations

April 25, 2014 by Pratik Dave

India Politics and Transportation

India, celebrating 67 years of Independence and holding its 16th National Elections, is the largest democracy in the world. Lots of promises are made by all political parties and their representatives, who introduce themselves as the ‘common man’ or a ‘public servant,’ but are still politicians.[read more]

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How Urban Landscape Technology Is Changing The Oil Industry For The Better

April 24, 2014 by Corey Foster

Tech and the Oil Industry

The Scandinavian countries have taken the lead with respect to making the world oil-free. In 2005, the Swedish government announced a plan to completely end their country's dependence on oil by 2020. Similarly, Denmark has spelled out its plans to make the country oil-free by 2050.[read more]

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Swarms of Sustainable Apps Will Turn Cities into 'Smart Hives'

April 24, 2014 by Warren Karlenzig

Apps Help People Collaborate

We humans are increasingly using rich digital maps and pricing information for sharing rental rooms, office space, cars, bikes, food, and energy use, using apps to collaborate like bees in a hive. Our pollen dance will be our testimonials, usage patterns, geo-location, and referrals.[read more]

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The Six Types of Challenges That Face European Cities

April 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Mayors Challenge finalists

Six themes emerge from the ideas that have been chosen as finalists in the Mayors Challenge competition run by Bloomberg Philanthropies that give an insight into the preoccupations of European public administrations.[read more]

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What is the Best Way to Measure the Sustainability of Cities?

April 23, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Change the criteria, change the outcome

Yesterday I covered a new Cities in Motion index that claims to identify the most sustainable cities in the world and puts Tokyo and London at the top. Today I compare it with an Economist survey that gives different results. Which approach do you feel gives a more accurate picture?[read more]

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'Cities in Motion' Sustainable Cities Index: Are You Sure Tokyo Should Be Top?

April 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Tokyo - how sustainable?

A new report, IESE Cities in Motion, ranks world cities for sustainability, putting Tokyo, London and New York at the top, but its methodology is misleading and its results should be taken with a degree of scepticism.[read more]

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It's Official: Promoting Cycling Creates Jobs and Saves Lives

April 17, 2014 by Florian Lorenz
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The Bicycle Urbanism Column

Over 76,600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport every year and 10,000 lives would be saved if major European cities reached the current cycling modal share of Copenhagen, according to the new Paris Declaration: City in Motion - People first”, endorsed by WHO, the UN and the European Commission.[read more]

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Vienna Seeks Ideas to Reinvent Citizen Inclusion

April 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vienna seeks proposals for social harmony.

Forward-thinking cities around the world are increasingly competing - as well as cooperating - to position themselves as 'greener' than each other or to promote some singular quality that makes them stand out. Now Vienna has launched a competition for proposals to do just this.[read more]

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ICLEI Says Smart Cities Need Citizen Buy-In

April 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Do people want their cities wired?

“A smart city is a city which can provide - with fewer resources - more efficiency, more services for its citizens and a higher quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.” A fine ideal, but is this just for big business, or can citizens have a say? This was a hot topic at ICLEI's Global Town Hall 2014 last week.[read more]

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UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe
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The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

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"There is no Plan B": Business Leaders Label New IPCC Report "A Wake-Up Call"

April 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Greenpeace's response to IPCC report

Urgent action by governments around the world is required to prevent the average global temperature from reaching a disastrous 4.8°C (8.6°F) by the end of the century, according to a new report endorsed by governments, from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after a one week meeting in Berlin.[read more]

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The Benefits of Placemaking Go Beyond Urban Beautification

April 13, 2014 by Michael Edwards
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Cardiff Bay, Wales - a great example of placemaking.

Every city has something unique to offer. Whether it’s exceptional food, historic sites, or exciting nightlife, there’s something distinctive that draws in tourists, attracts businesses, and makes current residents want to stay. But all that potential can go to waste if it isn’t recognized and supported.[read more]

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Imaging Medellín From Above During the World Urban Forum

April 10, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Medellin from Above

These images taken during a helicopter flight this week over Medellín tell the story of rapid urbanization, of still persisting urban inequality and of recent urban development projects manifesting change towards a more equitable Medellín.[read more]

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European Cities Urged to Link Up to Achieve a Circular Economy

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

House 2019 - winner of a 2014 EMAS Award

A European Commission forum has this week highlighted the latest developments, benefits and challenges for civil society and public administrations, not to mention businesses across Europe, and hosted the EMAS Awards for eco-efficiency with numerous case studies.[read more]

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San Francisco Inspires Mobility in European Cities

April 10, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

San Francisco and Mobility

Tenacity, persistence and a lot of patience are the attributes that Timothy Papandreou, Director of Transport Planning of San Francisco, considers essential to take forward some of the most important developments in the mobility sector not only in American cities but also throughout the world.[read more]

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Check Up of India's Heart - Delhi: A Diagnosis of the Capital's Public Transport

April 10, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Delhi Public Transportation

Delhi Transport Service (DTS) was incorporated in 1948 by the Government of India for local bus services, which were previously operated by the Gwalior and Northern India Transport Co. Ltd. Later, DTS was reconstituted under the Road Transport Corporation Act in 1950.[read more]

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Joseph Stiglitz's Recommendations to Address Inequality

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Nobel Economics Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz

The World Urban Forum underway this week in Medellin, Columbia, is taking place on the world's most urbanised continent, struggling, as with many cities around the world, to meet the needs of millions of people crowded into these areas.[read more]

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UK Launches World's First Scheme to Pay Homeowners to make Renewable Heat

April 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

It's Mr Renewables!

The first scheme in the world that will pay owners of domestic buildings for generating renewable heat has been launched in the UK. Like feed-in tariffs, the financial incentive scheme offers householders a fixed amount per kilowatt-hour generated from various technologies.[read more]

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Sustainable Cities Collective Wins Social Media Award in Green Category

April 8, 2014 by David Thorpe
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We won a Shorty Award!

Sustainable Cities Collective last night won a Shorty Award for the best of social media in the Green category. We are very flattered to be selected and honoured in this manner. It puts us up there alongside famous people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ian McKellen, Jamie Oliver and, er, the Matrix Cat (an animated gif in case you didn't know).[read more]

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New Global Report Highlights Value of Enhancing City-Business Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch
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Infrastructure and Collaboration

An inspiring aspect of sustainability is how leaders on every continent are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development. However, even the mayors of the most advanced cities will say that they can’t do it alone and they need the engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders.[read more]