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Why Cities Are Our Most Important Innovation Platform
When we think about innovation, we tend to think about individual gifts of insight—researchers in crisp, white lab coats, slick tech entrepreneurs with fancy gadgets and VC’s doing inspired deals.
Smart city technology could dramatically improve quality-of-life indicators
A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report has found smart city technology can improve various indicators of residents’ quality of life by a noticeable amount.
The benefits of tackling problems as a unified metro region
Collaborating with nearby jurisdictions creates economy of scale and better odds for success, panelists said at the recent Chicago Forum on Global Cities.
How Satellites Are Making Agriculture More Efficient
Did you know 37 of our planet is used strictly for agriculture? Maintaining and improving our efficiency in agriculture is one of the most overlooked challenges that humanity will face in the coming decades. Why? As the population continues to grow, much of the world will depend more and more on effective agriculture to output more resources that the world relies on.
Carbon Engineering cuts cost of carbon capture to less than $100 per ton
Carbon Engineering, a British Columbia-based company that has the financial backing of Bill Gates, has released a peer-reviewed study that demonstrates how the company’s technology is capable of capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a cost of less than $100 per ton.
It's Called Vertical Farming, And It Could Be The Future Of Agriculture
The concept sounds like science fiction: instead of spreading out across acres and acres, the farms of the future will grow lettuce and strawberries inside climate-controlled, light-controlled cylinders. Less land, less water, but year-round light and perfectly controlled moisture.
10 steps to building a smart city
As urban areas swell around the world, leaders are seeking better ways to accommodate citizens.
5 Ideas We Need To Steal From Megacities with Great Subways
The biggest, fastest-growing cities in the world all struggle with public transit. But necessity is the mother of invention, even when it comes to moving vast numbers of people through a 21st-century city—and many of these cities are either experimenting with new transit ideas or have pioneered transformative technology that’s now being adopted worldwide. Here are a few examples.
The automated city: do we still need humans to run public services?
From driverless buses to an AI council worker called Amelia, municipal services are becoming increasingly automated. But what does that mean for the future of our cities – and the jobs market?
5 reasons Why Cities Should Start Online Civic Engagement
Civic engagement refers to the practice of encouraging citizens to become involved in the community life and help shape the community’s future. Thanks to the rise of modern technologies, your city government can nowadays also use online means to get closer to its citizens.
how vertical farming can save the world
Vertical farms could offer a solution by producing higher crop yields year-round in less space than conventional agriculture.
Noise pollution is the new ‘secondhand smoke’ according to experts
Noise pollution is “the new secondhand-smoke.” Researchers at New York University are conducting a five-year study of noise in the City to better understand how the sounds around us impact our health.
We need to build more culture before anything: Municipality Supervisor
Karaj municipality supervisor pointed to the fact that building culture is needed in order to pay more attention to citizens’ issues.
Global tourism’s carbon footprint is four times bigger than we thought
For the first time, researchers have quantified the carbon footprint of global tourism around the world – and their findings show that tourism’s impact is roughly four times greater than previously thought.
Solar outshined all fossil-fuels sources combined in 2017
Last year, the world invested more in solar power than in all fossil-fuel sources combined. Investors and governments installed an all-time record of 157 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity, according to a new report from the United Nations.
3 Innovations to Reduce the Impact of e-Waste & Landfills
As populations grow, environmental issues start as minor concerns and grow into global crises. A striking example of this involves the waste management industry.
This all-weather bicycle highway could fulfill the dreams of bike commuters everywhere
A well-known architect just unveiled the MINILOOP, an enclosed cycleway that could be a dream come true for bicycle commuters.
Green-roofed Czech Forestry Headquarters seeks symbiosis with the forest
Imagine if your office was set in the middle of a forest — that’s the image Chybik + Kristof aims for in their competition-winning designs for the new Czech Forestry Headquarters.
Solar and wind energy could meet 80 of electricity demand
Fourth-fifths of the United States’ electricity demand could be met with wind and solar power, according to four researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science, University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the California Institute of Technology.
Karaj mayor announced that 39 projects are going to be inaugurated by the help of video conference technology.
Dr. Asghar Nasiri in an interview with KUMNS said that integrating software sites in Karaj districts, urban constructing automation system and digital signature are going to be unveiled today. He added that Karaj urban management urges to unveil about 39 projects in Karaj.
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