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Insights from Big Data on How COVID-19 Is Changing Society

Fri, 2020-05-29 02:08
Between the 1918 flu pandemic and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, our ability to understand the effects of infectious diseases has increased exponentially. Networked personal devices and automated sensors are now ubiquitous, not to mention communications technologies like the internet that ...

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3 Steps to Scaling Up Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation

Tue, 2020-05-26 13:13
In Indonesia, climate change is already a pernicious threat. More than 30 million people across northern Java suffer from coastal flooding and erosion related to more severe storms and sea level rise. In some places, entire villages and more than a mile ...

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Colombia’s New National Urban Mobility Policy Is Mostly a Good Thing

Thu, 2020-05-21 20:30
In the midst of COVID-19 precautions that have curtailed movement around the world, Colombia has released a new national road map for urban and regional mobility. It sends a powerful policy message that cities are saved by providing adequate access ...

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6 Ways to Make City Streets Safer for Pedestrians

Wed, 2020-05-20 13:13
For many city leaders, more cars and more highways mean better transportation. And during the current pandemic, fear of COVID-19’s spread is pushing some to turn to private vehicles. But a safe, sustainable transport future does not include further dependence ...

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From My Window: A View of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Curitiba

Tue, 2020-05-19 13:13
Despite the unprecedented quarantine that most of us find ourselves under, I was recently forced to travel to Curitiba, Brazil, for personal reasons. I am staying in an apartment on Republica Argentina Avenue next to the first bus corridor in ...

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Learning From Seoul to Control COVID-19: Transparency, Accountability, Solidarity

Mon, 2020-05-18 13:13
In many cities, lockdowns have forced large numbers of people into an impossible dilemma: follow social distancing guidelines or be deprived of their livelihoods and basic services. Unlike most places, South Korea and its capital, Seoul, took a markedly different ...

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Street Transformations to Fight COVID-19: 3 Ways to Create Lasting Change

Thu, 2020-05-14 23:18
As the COVID-19 outbreak disrupts mobility worldwide, more and more cities are transforming their streets to increase space for walking and cycling and reduce car use during and after the pandemic. These changes are designed to help people get around ...

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Cities Are Being Battered by COVID-19, But Remain Key to Recovery. How Do We Ensure Investments Are Well Spent?

Tue, 2020-05-05 02:44
As the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, investment packages are taking shape to provide relief and recovery. Cities from New York to Nairobi are not only on the frontlines of the health and economic impacts, but they provide immense ...

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3 Ways China’s Transport Sector Is Working to Recover from COVID-19 Lockdowns

Thu, 2020-04-30 20:42
Ghost-like cities with deserted metro cars and empty buses have been a vivid manifestation of how COVID-19 has affected society worldwide. As elsewhere, public transport ridership in Chinese cities dipped precipitously during the early days of the pandemic. But as ...

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After the Crisis: How COVID-19 Can Drive Transformational Change in Cities

Tue, 2020-04-28 20:33
Across the world, from Wuhan to New York City, cities are on the frontline of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Starting with overwhelmed heath care systems, cities are experiencing unprecedented strain across social, economic and environmental systems as economies grind to ...

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The Number of People Affected by Floods Will Double by 2030

Mon, 2020-04-27 13:13
Flooding has already caused more than $1 trillion in losses globally since 1980, and the situation is poised to worsen: New analysis from WRI’s Aqueduct Floods finds that the number of people affected by floods will double worldwide by 2030. According to data from ...

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Safer, More Sustainable Transport in a Post-COVID-19 World

Fri, 2020-04-24 00:26
The COVID-19 crisis has shown that effective public transport is vital to keeping cities running. By serving essential workers in health care, emergency services, food services, and other sectors, public transport has become a service not just for some people ...

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5 Ways Momentum for Climate Action Has Grown Since the Paris Agreement Was Signed

Thu, 2020-04-23 01:58
Since the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015 and signed by 175 countries on Earth Day the following year, global momentum to tackle the climate emergency has been building. Progress has been made on almost every front, ...

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Earth Day at 50: Five Ways to Honor the Legacy and Change the World

Wed, 2020-04-22 19:11
Fifty years ago, 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) took to the streets at the first Earth Day to demand a better future. Outraged by polluted air and water, by oil spills and the destruction ...

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Biking Provides a Critical Lifeline During the Coronavirus Crisis

Fri, 2020-04-17 21:12
As the world works to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 3.9 billion people are under full or partial lockdown orders, as of mid-April. Cities have curtailed many public transit operations because of declining ridership and health ...

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From My Window: A View of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Mumbai

Fri, 2020-04-17 19:20
Inequality is shaping how people are experiencing COVID-19 in cities to a startling degree. The vulnerability of the urban poor is striking everywhere, but the divide is more visible in some places than others. This is where I live on ...

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Tackling Inequality in Cities Is Essential for Fighting COVID-19

Tue, 2020-04-14 22:46
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a disruptive new normal for everyone through shelter-in-place orders and social distancing guidelines. But for the billions of urban poor, these guidelines aren’t just burdensome; they’re essentially impossible. Social distancing is a critically important response ...

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How Will COVID-19 Affect Urban Planning?

Fri, 2020-04-10 23:24
The impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic are still being understood, but it does seem clear that this crisis will make a mark on cities, physically and socially, that will echo for generations. How we plan our cities has always ...

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Combating the Coronavirus Without Clean Water

Thu, 2020-04-09 01:47
As the coronavirus crisis spreads throughout the world, it is increasingly clear that people with the least access to essential services like water will feel the most dramatic effects. Major health organizations advise washing hands more frequently – for at least ...

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Resilience After Recession: 4 Ways to Reboot the U.S. Economy

Wed, 2020-04-01 19:46
The COVID-19 pandemic is already affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and it’s poised to get worse before it gets better. Our primary concern is for the health and welfare of all those affected. The COVID-19 outbreak’s ...

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