Food, healthcare and education need to be completely rethought if they are to meet the challenges of a human population racing to 9.7 billion people by 2050. But how? Here are big five ideas that emerged from the recent Ecosperity conference in Singapore.
From robotic swans to light-activated water purification systems, water technologies and their creators have received a boost through the Singapore International Water Week’s TechXchange programme and Innovation Pavilion.
How can businesses use their influence to build sustainable industries? Mining urban waste streams for valuable resources is one way to start, said sustainability leaders at this year's Eco Action Day.
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Efforts to green cities may overlook the fact that nature is the world's original infrastructure, and solutions like planting trees can help address the biggest challenges cities face, says The Nature Conservancy's Pascal Mittermaier.
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Around the world, architects and urban planners are working to bring nature back into our cities. Carlo Ratti traces the rocky relationship between cities and the natural world, and the best attempts to reconcile the two.
It's been said that you can't manage what you don't measure. Could an emission inventory, which identifies how much carbon is emitted and where from, be the tool that cities need to take action on climate change?
Digital opinion analysis points to a demand from consumers for CEOs to take a stand on social issues of global implication. Could this signal a new age of a ‘race to the top’ in corporate sustainability commitments? Clarissa Watson writes.
For urban planners, data and technology are valuable tools in the drive to improve administration and services. But while these innovations are making urban environments more livable, they come with a hidden cost: the potential to deepen inequality among digitally marginalized groups.
The new documentary weaves a tale between the two continents to tell the climate story through a unique Asian lens. Its team is set to travel to the Arctic next year in a new partnership with Explorer's Passage.
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It has been said that the fight against climate change will be won in cities. In this video by C40, mayors of the world’s mega cities share what they are doing to address the most pressing climate threats.
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No hot air here: Researchers from the National University of Singapore produce the first prototype of a new, environmentally friendly air conditioner in what could be a “quantum leap” in the 100-year old technology.
Dutch manufacturing company AkzoNobel and sustainability media firm Eco-Business held the inaugural Cities:Possibilities forum on 8 November 2016. Read this outcome report for highlights from this insightful dialogue.