From China’s ban on foreign waste imports to Vanuatu’s plan to take fossil fuel firms to court, this year saw countries toughen their national and foreign policies to tackle the world's biggest social and environmental problems.
Aniruddha Dasgupta –
The IPCC report has sounded alarm on the climate disasters headed our way, many of which will hit urban areas the hardest. How can cities be transformed to mitigate climate change?
Tao Zhang and Mary Anne Ocampo –
As floods in cities become more frequent, urban designers can purposefully design landscapes to withstand flooding while maintaining a community connection to water, say Sasaki's Mary Anne Ocampo and Tao Zhang.
The summit in San Francisco was a rallying cry for community and business leaders around the world to step up on climate action. WorldGBC’s Joelle Chen highlights three takeaways for the building sector to go green.
Typhoon season in Asia is an annual, grim reminder of the need for more resilient infrastructure as the impact of climate change intensifies. Arcadis’ John Batten III talks about how cities can prepare themselves for worse weather.
Ping Manongdo –
Mongolia's punishing winters see temperatures falling to 30 degrees below zero, making home insulation a must-have. Here's how an EU-funded initiative is providing an alternative to imported and unsustainable materials that Mongolians use today.
Vaidehi Shah –
In a bid to ease population pressure on Sydney and Melbourne and revive regional economies, an ambitious private sector plan aims to build eight new cities in inland Australia and connect them with a high speed rail—all without a cent of public money.