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425 days ago

The success of agriculture as an industry impacts everybody and there are three main innovations to look out for aiming to obviate economic barriers in the industry.

Three technologies poised to change food and the planet

kitchenertoday.com

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425 days ago

Amazon’s new HQ in Arlington, VA is raising concerns about housing affordability. In response to this, the company is financing their own affordable housing units.

Amazon crushed affordable housing. Now it’s trying to offset the problem it helped create

fastcompany.com

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425 days ago

Ocean temperatures reached the highest ever temperatures in 2020 and experts say it is expected to continue for at least several decades.

Ocean temperatures hit another record high in 2020

fastcompany.com

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425 days ago

Industry experts in the Netherlands share their expertise on what it takes to create attractive cultural spaces in our cities.

How to Nurture Flourishing Cultural and Creative Hubs: Lessons from the Netherlands

pps.org

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425 days ago

The Annual Akron Parks Challenge aims to make public space more equitable.

Why Public Spaces Are Critical Social Infrastructure

governing.com

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477 days ago

Although renewable energy is the key to combating climate change and greenhouse emissions, there are several critical downsides that cannot be overlooked.

Are There Potential Downsides of Going to 100 Percent Renewable Energy?

psmag.com

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477 days ago

New reports find that the earth’s ice is being lost at a much faster rate than previously thought, which raises concerns around currently projected rising sea levels.

Earth is now losing 1.2 trillion tons of ice each year. And it’s going to get worse.

washingtonpost.com

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477 days ago

A company named Platio has created an innovative energy harnessing method using plastic waste and people’s footsteps.

This solar-powered pavement harvests energy from under your feet

euronews.com

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477 days ago

Buildings account for 1/3 of emissions and 74% of energy consumption in the US, and some cities are already employing building codes to reduce these figures.

Want to actually fix the environment? Change how buildings are built

fastcompany.com

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477 days ago

Singapore is building its 24th settlement since World War II, but the first with centralized cooling, automated waste collection, and a car free town centre.

Singapore is building a 42,000-home eco 'smart' city

cnn.com

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502 days ago

With the recent development of Lufa Farms, Montreal has become the home of the largest rooftop garden and farm in the world.

Montreal is now home to the world's largest urban rooftop greenhouse and farm in the world

timeout.com

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502 days ago

New evidence proves that Alberta’s oil sands are leaking toxic material into the groundwater and many question who will be responsible for the remediation of these sites.

It’s official: Alberta’s oilsands tailings ponds are leaking. Now what?

thenarwhal.ca

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506 days ago

Slow Street programs developed around the US have been both lauded and identified as the cause of much controversy as many failed to address the needs of BIPOC. Planners are called to rethink their approach.

‘Slow Streets’ Disrupted City Planning. What Comes Next?

bloomberg.com

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506 days ago

Smart Cities Dive has identified 6 trends that are expected to influence the smart city movement in the year ahead.

CES showcases 6 trends to shape smart cities in 2021

smartcitiesdive.com

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506 days ago

A study shows how economic inequalities result in significant differences in the amount of pollution high earners and low earners are exposed to.

Who Gets to Breathe Clean Air in New Delhi?

nytimes.com

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524 days ago

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting labour markets around the world, could workforce development be the answer to economic issues?

How upskilling could help cities rebuild after Coronavirus

weforum.org

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524 days ago

Although many dislike the uber rich for exacerbating urban issues, such as high housing costs, cities around the world need them more than they may know.

What Happens When the 1% Go Remote

bloomberg.com

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524 days ago

In an interview, Robert Greenstein, an advocate for investments in poverty reduction initiatives, warns against universal basic income and supports means tested programs.

An expert on fighting poverty makes the case against a universal basic income

vox.com

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524 days ago

The Government of China is aiming to develop a sustainable city that utilizes clean energy and greenhouses.

This sustainable neighborhood of the future is designed to manage both climate change and pandemics

fastcompany.com

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546 days ago

Two recently published research papers concerning climate change demonstrate how data can be communicated differently.

Two different climate reports come to different conclusions, based on same set of data

nationalpost.com

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546 days ago

Through interviews with innovative and progressive policymakers, a research team from EIT Climate-KIC presents key measures and barriers for creating transformative climate change policies.

Transformative policies for the climate challenge

apolitical.co

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546 days ago

A report produced by McKinsey Global Institute finds that closing the gender gap in the workplace could result in $12 trillion growth in global GDP by 2025.

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth

mckinsey.com

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546 days ago

Researchers develop a universal standard that allows local governments to determine the value of projects concerned with less conventional transportation methods, such as walking or biking.

Planning Method Offers Way to Prioritize Pedestrian, Bike Projects

nextcity.org

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546 days ago

The fourth industrial revolution is taking place right now and is expected to create $3.7 trillion in value.

The Link Between Green Space and Well-Being Isn't As Simple As We Thought

bloomberg.com

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559 days ago

A report by JLL has identified the top 10 most innovative cities in the world. These cities have been ranked based on a series of criteria revolving around innovation and talent.

Most innovative cities in the world

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559 days ago

A recent survey of 4,000 respondents around the world discovered that the public sector innovates just as much as the private sector.

The public sector innovates just as much as the private sector

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582 days ago

The International Energy Agency reports that Solar Power has officially become the cheapest form of electricity for companies to build.

It's Official: Solar Is the Cheapest Electricity in History

popularmechanics.com

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582 days ago

Many cities are making plans and investments in order to exploit the advent of autonomous vehicles. Singapore is already planning to use the technology staffing costs on transportation to reduce gridlock.

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Transform Cities and Suburbs by Ending Traffic Jams, Parking Problems and Road Rage

newsweek.com

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594 days ago

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 3 U.S. communities have prospered and demonstrated local economic resiliency.

Three Small Cities That Are Thriving Despite the Pandemic

governing.com

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594 days ago

A company named SixFifty has developed a free application which allows tenants to access legal aid that helps prevent forced eviction under new U.S. federal eviction protections.

Can’t Pay Your Rent? ‘Lawtech’ Is Here to Help.

bloomberg.com

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594 days ago

The United Arab Emirates is building the world’s largest indoor farm that reduces water consumption and the amount of carbon emissions

The future of farming may lie in the UAE desert

thenational.ae

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594 days ago

A 2018 study conducted in British Columbia illustrates a new solution to homelessness.

A B.C. research project gave homeless people $7,500 each — the results were 'beautifully surprising'

cbc.ca

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613 days ago

This study explores how attached people are to their communities and why. The results may surprise you.

Community Ties

knightfoundation.org

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613 days ago

Transit systems are deeply rooted with racist motives. Transit agencies have the potential to improve access to quality transit and create equitable environments if they learn from their mistakes.

Racism has shaped public transit, and it’s riddled with inequities

kinder.rice.edu

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627 days ago

Redlining policies of the 1930’s continue to impact neighbourhoods and their temperatures.

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering

nytimes.com

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628 days ago

The Institute of Economics and Peace reports that the climate crisis is putting more people at risk of living in conditions which pose a threat to the health of many and has global effects.

Climate crisis could displace 1.2bn people by 2050, report warns

theguardian.com

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628 days ago

A study conducted by Ryerson University identifies access to parks and open space as the key to healthy levels of movement for kids during a pandemic.

Recent Decrease in Kids’ Healthy Movement Linked to Neighbourhood Built Environment

archive.citybuildinginstitute.ca

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649 days ago

Tangelo is an app that provides low-income families with access to $40 a month to purchase fresh produce, which is delivered directly to their homes.

This app connects low-income families with free fruit and vegetables

fastcompany.com

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649 days ago

Experts say that as long as interest rates remain low and economic growth bounces back, it is possible that we will continue to incur federal economic deficits.

The Link Between Green Space and Well-Being Isn't As Simple As We Thought

bloomberg.com

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658 days ago

Skyscrapers may become a thing of the past as sustainability becomes the new focus.

Wasteful, damaging and outmoded: is it time to stop building skyscrapers?

theguardian.com

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658 days ago

A community fridge is starting up in Calgary in response to food insecurity.

Community fridge project aims to bring free, fresh produce to north Calgary

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658 days ago

Lisbon has developed an affordable housing program to incentivize short stay property landlords to rent their properties directly to the city in the long term rental market; reducing economic risk for landlords.

Lisbon Has a Plan to Reclaim Housing From Airbnb

bloomberg.com

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669 days ago

Animal overpasses improve the safety of animals and drivers, as well as the migration passages of animals.

Wildlife Crossings Can Protect Migrating Animals

pewtrusts.org

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669 days ago

A new cooperative in California is turning the backyards of homeowners into rental units to help solve the housing crisis.

This company signs 99-year leases to build permanently affordable backyard houses

fastcompany.com

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669 days ago

Research shows that government spending in childcare can lead to job creation and return on investment in the form of a fiscal injection to the local economy of up to $60 billion.

Extending free childcare could fuel huge boost to economy, report says

theguardian.com

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676 days ago

Are Opportunity Zones actually helping the communities that need them the most?

The Biggest Problem With Opportunity Zones

bloomberg.com

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676 days ago

Economic gardening is a strategy which aims to stimulate local economic development in communities.

Seven Steps to Developing an Economic Gardening Implementation Strategy

icma.org

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677 days ago

The City of Toronto is exploring the possibility of implementing a vacant storefront tax, in response to the large number of vacant storefronts on Queen Street East.

Toronto to explore tax targeting vacant storefronts on city's main streets

cbc.ca

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677 days ago

Cars completely changed the way cities were designed and side effects of these changes are still felt today. The 15 minute city aims to reverse these adverse side effects.

Want to build a better city? It only takes 15 minutes

theglobeandmail.com

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693 days ago

Changing how neighbourhoods are designed can help dismantle racism.

Reimagining an Antiracist America—Starting with Our Neighborhoods

urban.org

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