Greening Europe’s urban spaces
Jan10

Greening Europe’s urban spaces

Europe is an urban and increasingly urban continent with the percentage of the population living in urban centers expected to increase from over 70% in 2015 to more than 80% in 2050. This will pose challenges to natural resources and ecosystems within urban areas including rivers, streams and lakes that are part of the landscape of European cities. Impacts of urbanization Some of the key impacts of urbanization include: Water quantity...

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Creating a water-secure future for cities
Dec14

Creating a water-secure future for cities

With global demand for water projected to outstrip supply by 40% in 2030, cities around the world are facing a water-insecure future unless they balance rising demand with limited, and often variable, supplies. Water security, according to the United Nations, is the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being and socio-economic...

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Cape Town’s quest for water security
Nov29

Cape Town’s quest for water security

The City of Cape Town is warning its residents that their water consumption is too high Click & Tweet! and that they need to reduce their water use to winter levels. This is in response to a drought in the Western Cape that has seen dam levels in the province drop to 55%: down 10% compared to last year. Cape Town’s quest for water security Because Cape Town is situated in a water-scarce region, the city imposes water restrictions on a...

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Greening the grey with green infrastructure
Nov15

Greening the grey with green infrastructure

San Francisco’s paved surfaces, including buildings, streets and parking lots, cover most of the city, preventing rainwater from infiltrating into the ground. The result is that stormwater runoff travels across these impervious surfaces picking up pollutants including oil, bacteria and debris before it flows into the city’s combined sewer system. Usually, the combined stormwater and wastewater is transported to a wastewater treatment...

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The world’s first carbon neutral city
Nov08

The world’s first carbon neutral city

Between 2007 – the year South Australia established its climate change legislation and released its first climate change strategy – and 2013 the City of Adelaide has reduced its emissions by 20% Click & Tweet! . At the same time the city’s economy grew by 28%. Not content with its impressive record, Adelaide released in 2015 its Carbon Neutral Adelaide vision with the aim of being the world’s first carbon neutral city Click & Tweet! ....

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The Big Green Apple enhancing its livability
Nov01

The Big Green Apple enhancing its livability

What is a livability city? A livable city is a city that provides ‘quality of life’ Click & Tweet! as experienced by its residents. However, cities are facing increased challenges from rising household consumption, rising demand for urban services, depletion of natural resources, increasing levels of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and increasing vulnerability to natural disasters and risks from climate change. As such, the...

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