Having hosted the final of the World Cup and become the first Chair of C40 Cities from the global south, 2014 has been an eventful year for Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. William Thorpe talked to the mayor about the legacy of the World Cup, the city’s focus on better access to services for the favelas and hisRead more
Richard Forster reports from Brasilia, which following the successful staging of seven World Cup matches, is bidding to have its stadium officially rated the most sustainable in the worldRead more
Intelligent software and cloud-based solutions have the potential to revolutionise a city’s mobility. Nick Michell looks at new software developed by Siemens that allows city managers to monitor and maintain traffic lights and detectors from any location in the world using a private cloudRead more
Anna Lisa Boni took up her new post as Secretary General of EUROCITIES, the Brussels-based network of major European cities, on 19 June. She spoke with Jonathan Andrews about how she believes that cities are the engines to drive Europe out of its economic slump and if cities are to innovate, they must network more with each otherRead more
The Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, from the Netherlands, was yesterday announced as the winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award, at the EcoProcura conference, in Ghent, Belgium. The Dutch hospital, which saw off competition from five other finalists, was praised by the jury for its innovative robotic bed washing facility.
The IARU Sustainable Science Congress Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22-24 October 2014, will explore the opportunities that urbanisation can bring and challenge the notion that it is an obstacle to sustainability.
London won two of the eleven awards on offer at this evening’s C40 City Climate Leadership Awards, which took place at the Manhattan Centre in New York.
The widely popular smartphone messaging service WhatsApp is no longer just being used to keep in touch with family or friends, it has become a tool to battle corruption, save lives, spread news and now, combat climate change, with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group using the mobile app to connect its city networks.
Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has announced that the city has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent over 2005 levels by 2050, starting with a sweeping plan to retrofit public and private buildings to dramatically reduce the city’s contributions to climate change, while spurring major cost savings and creating thousands of new jobs.
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the University of California, Davis, have released a new report on the impact of transport emissions on the world’s climate future.
Cities should have more control over taxes and public spending, says report by RSA City Growth Commission
A report by the RSA City Growth Commission, a 12-month enquiry into how cities can be empowered to shape and drive their economies, has suggested that cities in the UK should be given the power to revalue council tax bands as well as pool and allocate central government revenue without ringfencing.