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Since Ahmedabad developed a pioneering Heat Action Plan in 2013, another 17 cities have followed. The efforts are starting to make an impact.
Patralekha Chatterjee July 13, 2017
What’s been left out of the Habitat III draft strategy?
May 11, 2016

Record low traffic fatalities in 2015 followed a concerted citywide effort to reduce speeds and improve pedestrian safety, the World Resources Institute says. 

May 5, 2016
The New Urban Agenda needs to adopt an eco-social approach, prompting cities to place both people and planet at the centre of urban planning and governance.
Trevor Hancock April 25, 2016
A new set of stakeholder recommendations on sustainable urbanization urges the Habitat III process to see health as a ‘fundamental aim of development’.
Yong Yen Nie March 30, 2016
India's street food vendors are mobilizing festivals and hygiene training programs in an attempt to win over policymakers and consumers.
Carlin Carr March 25, 2016
Unlike many other developing cities, Durban's leaders view providing fresh water, showers and clean toilets to informal settlements as a moral responsibility.
Keith Schneider February 12, 2016

The technology could pinpoint where emergency vehicles should be stationed and how many are needed, the U of T News reports. 

December 28, 2015
What began as a website where women could report incidents of sexual violence is now reaching for a deeper social impact.
Carlin Carr December 17, 2015

Sister cities in Kansas and Missouri join more than 100 municipalities in raising the legal age for buying tobacco products, the Tribune News Service reports.  

December 2, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched a new initiative that aims to confront mental health problems with stepped up awareness and treatment.

November 26, 2015

Unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyles are factors contributing to a rise in cancer and other chronic diseases, the Economist reports. 

November 23, 2015

Researchers from University College London examined the spread of the disease in five global cities, according to Cities Changing Diabetes.

November 17, 2015

Mayor Mick Cornett is reshaping his city with bike paths, parks, sports centers and outreach to get residents into shape, The Independent reports. 

November 10, 2015

The software sifts through records about 15,000 food establishments to highlight which are likely to have critical violations, Data-Smart City Solutions reports. 

November 6, 2015

Municipalities can stem obesity with policies that encourage healthy eating and fresh, local produce, the World Cancer Research Fund International says. 

October 30, 2015

Brighter street lights, reduced speeds and more crosswalks are among the ways that cities can encourage walking, the U. S. Surgeon General says.  

October 12, 2015

There would be more alarming headlines about dangerous smog in Africa’s megacities if pollutants were measured, The Conversation reports. 

September 9, 2015
In an interview with Citiscope, the mayor of Liberia's capital city reflects on what other cities could learn from her experience handling a devastating outbreak.
Christopher Swope July 30, 2015

The city council would better integrate sidewalks, footpaths, bike lanes and green space into transport planning, Urb.im reports. 

July 16, 2015

The New York Times Magazine profiles a psychiatrist who sees distressed urban neighborhoods as her patients.

July 1, 2015
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