Governance

China Solar and Wind Surges as Coal Peaks

Kitty Bu starts each morning in Beijing checking the air quality report; many days she must keep her one, three and five year old inside all day. Estimates range from 600,000 to 1.6 million that die prematurely in China each year due to air pollution. Since China’s...

The Heart and Soul of Smart Cities

The Second Machine Age is synonymous with Smart Planet Big Data and Big Math, which enables solutions to become more encompassing and optimal as they become more holistic in nature.

Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa on making better cities

By Neal Peirce & Gregory Scruggs This week, hundreds of mayors around the world head to Bogotá, Colombia, for what is billed as the largest gathering of the world’s local leaders: the Congress of United Cities and Local Governments. Their host is Mayor Enrique...

Indianapolis on the Rise

Indianapolis has a great story to tell. It’s one of those stories that never ends – a city always working together toward a bold vision and finding ways to succeed just as the next chapter is being conceived. It finds itself today on the precipice of a new wave of...

Paris Climate Agreement Will be Ratified

The European Parliament approved ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, taking us well past the threshold of nations and collective emissions needed. The agreement is not legally binding for 30 days. We are on a path to breathing cleaner air; our children are...

Urban Futures Road Map: It Finally Arrives in Your Bookstore

Review of “The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life”, by Jonathan F. P. Rose Roadmaps are sometimes hard to read. But you can be sure that they’re always much harder to create. I kept...

Three Ways to Bring Better Broadband to Residents

The federal courts recently ruled that high-speed internet service is a utility – a decision that affirmed the government’s view that broadband is as essential as the phone and power, and should be available to Americans. In doing so, they paved the way for broader...

At the U.N., a breakthrough on Habitat III talks

By Greg Scruggs UNITED NATIONS — After 38 hours of non-stop negotiations, diplomats Saturday night delivered an agreement for a new global strategy on sustainable urbanization, called the New Urban Agenda. With the newfound consensus — which had been elusive, coming...
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