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Tactical Pop-Up Urbanism for the Homeless

January 4, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Like many other cities, Baltimore has set a goal to end homelessness within 10 years. Baltimore will be near the end of this time-frame when yet another Mayor will be elected next year and there is no indication that homelessness in the city will end any time soon.[read more]

Let's Not Kid Ourselves: Curbing Carbon and Stopping Smog Are Not the Same Thing

December 31, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

A hope has prevailed across most media commentators and environmental groups that curbs on carbon emissions will also fix the dirty air in these nations’ metropolises. But that’s naïve. It doesn’t take into account how the past of pollution control inside the United States and other long-industrialized nations has conditioned us to tackling one enormous environmental problem while ignoring the other.[read more]

Looking Ahead: Food Trends of 2016

December 23, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

The vegetable of the sea, seaweed is a member of the algae family and comes in a few varieties (easily divided by color). It’s alluringly sustainable; it doesn’t require fresh water or land to grow. It’s a good, but not primary, source for protein, Omega-3s, calcium, and minerals and it’s the best for iodine. Eating seaweed will also help you expand into a new flavor profile: umami.[read more]

India Can’t Afford to Lose Any More Lives Due to Road Crashes

December 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Globally, 1.3 million people die each year in road traffic crashes. India, with only 2 percent of the global motor vehicle population, accounts for more than 10 percent of those fatalities.[read more]

Be a YIMBY, not a NIMBY

December 14, 2015 by Jillian Glover

#YIMBY (Yes In My BackYard) is a movement that seeks to create a more inclusive community by bringing together homeless citizens, residents and local businesses in a Pay-It-Forward initiative.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyle Initiatives in Asian Cities

December 7, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Today, seven of the world’s ten most populous cities are located in the Asia-Pacific region: Beijing, Delhi, Dhaka, Kolkata, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tokyo. These mega-cities are generators of wealth and hubs for innovation and cultural activities. On the downside, these cities continue to harbour poverty and environmental disasters.[read more]

Sustainable Transport: Building Equitable and Low-Carbon Cities

By the year 2030, one billion more people will need to access transport; of these individuals, 870 million will be located in Asia and Africa. Troublingly, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport—under a business-as-usual scenario—are projected to rise from 23 percent to 33 percent by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum.[read more]

Can Cities Feed Their Inhabitants?

November 30, 2015 by Charles Arthur

There are three dominant trends to which cities and national governments must respond in order to secure food supplies for their people. First, between 1980 and 2011 the global population not dependent on agriculture doubled to 4.4 billion, and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization this population is growing at a rate about five times that of the agriculturally dependent population.[read more]

Why Privatize Water?

November 20, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Humans can survive weeks without food, but only days without water — in some conditions, only hours. It may sound clichéd, but it’s no hyperbole: water is life. So what happens when private companies control the spigot? Evidence from water privatization projects around the world paints a pretty clear picture — public health is at stake.[read more]

Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light

November 13, 2015 by Shareable .

The outdoor music and light installation allows passersby to stroll among virtual orchestra sections represented by various lights, pulsating to the rhythm and beat of classical works of music.[read more]

In Vino Veritas: The Truth About Water And Wine

November 5, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Like many other industries, winemaking is evolving toward more eco-responsible solutions, and winemakers are taking action to gain more knowledge, share their findings and innovate viable tactics to reduce their water footprint.[read more]

#WalkingMatters: Cities Should Be a Good Place for Everyone to Walk

October 29, 2015 by Shareable .
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Girl Trek aims to improve black women’s health by organizing communities to walk, even in places where sidewalks are absent and crime rates are high. More than 35,000 African-American women have taken Girl Trek’s pledge to re-establish walking as a healing tradition in their neighborhoods. More than 500 Girl Trek members traveled to Alabama last Spring to walk in celebration of the Selma-to-Birmingham Civil Rights March.[read more]