This quest to redefine urbanization, and to build and redesign ‘smart cities,’ may already be over. It is clear megacities — 40 or so giant urban centers — will run the world within a decade. But can they be sustained?
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
San Francisco’s Department of Public Health released an interactive map to showcase the potential effects that climate change could have on its residents.
Approximately 17 percent of Americans live in a non-metropolitan, or rural, areas. Compared to their urban counterparts, residents of rural areas are older and sicker. Rural residents who live past middle age are more likely to suffer from heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, stroke, and diabetes than their urban counterparts. But new service offerings are working to close the gap.
Starting in 2019 the state’s three investor owned utilities will launch Time Of Use (TOU) pricing for residential consumers. Will residential customers respond by buying smart and cleaner technologies to access lower prices? Or will they vote in revolt?
The Asset Owners Disclosure Project, the mission of which is to shield the owners of assets such as securities, stocks and bonds from climate change risks, recently released its Global Climate 500 index. And for those who believe climate change poses risks to investors’ portfolios, the results are not pretty.
A sustainable economy will depend on business policies that will advance change on a societal level. Here are three important policies that can do that.
For decades, water scarcity was fiercely debated; today, we recognize it as an unfortunate and permanent reality. Advancing policy, technology and collaboration are the only ways to build a more sustainable and secure water future.
Residence behind bars can’t stop Ammon Bundy. From his cell, he continues to advocate for decontrol of federal lands and promote the Koch brothers’ “states rights” lobbying network.
Earlier this week, Tom Steyer’s Super PAC, NextGen Climate, announced that it would fund a $25 million voter-registration drive to target millennials in seven battleground states.
Our national and state roads, dams, bridges, and airports are in such disrepair that they’ve even garnered the attention of this year’s presidential candidates. Yet none seem to have a comprehensive answer as to how to come up with the $3 trillion that engineers say it will take to upgrade our national infrastructure. The problem, says author Parag Khanna, isn’t that it can’t be done, but that we aren’t thinking big enough.
The essence of good citizenship is a civil public discourse. Unless we all participate as stewards of this public discourse, the continuing degradation of this domain threatens the peace and stability of our society.
As nonprofits and governments go back and forth on how best to rebuild affected communities, the need emerges for the private sector step in and fill the gaps. REI Adventures provides a case study on public-private partnership in the wake of disaster.
In Canada, where the economy has slowed down and revenues have decreased due to the falling demand for oil, the government is going against the grain and is actually increasing spending on social programs.
Evidence has long correlated income and life expectancy. But new research suggests that simply living in an area with access to quality health care, food and housing can help boost length of life for even the poorest citizens.