Transforming Toronto’s future
Jun21

Transforming Toronto’s future

Urban areas account for 54% of the world’s population in 2014, yet cities account for 70-75% of natural resource consumption and contribute towards environmental degradation in areas far beyond their boundaries. At the same time, cities are increasingly vulnerable to a variety of climatic risks due to their concentration of people, infrastructure and economic activity. Transforming Toronto’s future One city that is taking steps to...

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Sydney’s water blueprint
Apr26

Sydney’s water blueprint

Cities across the globe face long-term challenges from the direct and indirect impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. In light of this, many cities are implementing resilience strategies to ensure that people living and working in cities survive and thrive no matter what shocks or stresses they encounter. One city leading the way is Sydney, a city of over 5.5 million people and Australia’s leading global city with...

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A Blue and Green Hong Kong
Apr19

A Blue and Green Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Drainage Services Department (DSD) is actively revitalizing water bodies across the city Click & Tweet! with priority given to greening, biodiversity and aesthetic improvements in addition to ensuring effective drainage. With Blue-Green Infrastructure – blue refers to rivers and water bodies while green refers to greening landscapes – DSD aims to provide citizens with rivers suffused with lush greenery and pristine blue,...

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Blue and Green Cities
Apr14

Blue and Green Cities

This book offers new research on urban policy innovations that promote the application of blue-green infrastructure in managing water resources sustainably. The author argues that urban water managers have traditionally relied on grey infrastructural solutions to mitigate risks with numerous economic and environmental consequences. Brears explores the role urban water managers have in implementing blue-green infrastructure to reduce...

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Achieving water security and the SDGs
Apr05

Achieving water security and the SDGs

The Water Show Africa, held in Johannesburg over March 28th and 29th, brought together a series of speakers, both locally and internationally, to help bridge the gap between the opportunities and challenges in the water sector. It was a privilege to be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at The Water Show Africa. My keynote speech sought to address the keystones for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): innovation...

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