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WHAT'S NEXT?: Smart cities are the talk of the town right now and so they should be to cope when over 60% of us will live in cities by 2030. E-bikes, Driverless- connected vehicles, buildings that talk to each other will help but many cities are susceptible to climate change and pandemics. Explore the issues faced by cities and the new ideas that will change the way urban dwellers live in the 21st century.

  • [New] 91% of provinces and cities are at high risk for COVID-19 as some 57 areas in Metro Manila, were placed under granular lockdowns. Manila Standard
  • [New] By 2030, investment in urban infrastructure must be directed towards zero-carbon, resilient, and inclusive development if cities are to reach their potential for delivering the emission reductions needed for a well below 2 °C climate scenario. coalitionforurbantransitions
  • [New] Cities across the globe face an alarming rise in water risks and must urgently invest in enhanced resilience. Niti Aayog
  • [New] In Morocco, for instance, expanding coastal cities will need to undertake climate-resilient and inclusive urban planning that accounts for climate risks and their impacts on key economic sectors and urban infrastructure. World Bank
  • [New] With the number of people in urban areas projected to swell by 2.5 billion over the next 30 years - growing from more than half of the global population to 68% by 2050 - cities will play an important role in ensuring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable cities: Plotting a smart, resilient route to the urban future
  • [New] Many cities around the world are facing acute challenges in managing rapid urbanization - from ensuring adequate housing and infrastructure to support growing populations, to confronting the environmental impact of urban sprawl, to reducing vulnerability to disasters. United NationDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development
  • [New] Chengdu is expected to become a World Famous City of Sports Events by 2025, a World Famous City of Sports by 2030, and a World Famous City for living by 2035. PR Newswire
  • [New] In a global pandemic, electric bikes made it easier for people to move around cities without risking close contact on crowded public transportation. Wired
  • [New] A rise in people staycationing, population movement away from urban areas and a greater focus on the green economy could all help deliver a £51 billion a year economic boost by 2030 to rural areas. Local Government Association
  • [New] Vietnam's coronavirus outbreak epicentre Ho Chi Minh City will extend its restrictions, state media reported, as Hanoi and several provinces sought an easing of curbs and the aviation authority proposed domestic flights resume. CBC
  • [New] Residents in nine southern cities in Guangdong province, including Shenzhen and Guangzhou, will be able to buy offshore funds, bonds, and make. Central Banking
  • [New] Baidu announced on Monday that it will begin public testing of its Apollo Go vehicle in Shanghai, marking the fifth city where passengers have the opportunity to test the robotaxi mobile platform. World
  • [New] Today, Baidu announced that it will begin public testing of its Apollo Go platform in Shanghai, marking the fifth city where passengers have the ability to trial the robotaxi service. Pandaily
  • [New] Following the launch in Shanghai, Baidu plans to bring Apollo Go services to 25 more cities in the next three years, making autonomous driving a reality for 3 million people in China. PR Newswire
  • [New] Areas in central London are expected to benefit, as well as smaller towns and cities with a large proportion of the workforce working partially from home. Workplace Insight
  • [New] If the Treasury goes forward with its rule as originally written, sparsely populated areas currently lacking broadband could leapfrog certain urban areas in their internet speeds. AP News
  • [New] Multilateral efforts like the Mangroves 40 Cities Network proposed by the Earth Security Group could help coordinate, aggregate, and accelerate collective action between the 40 locations around the world that account for the world's remaining 70% of mangrove habitats. CSIS
  • [New] The rise of mixed-use skyscrapers will create more opportunities for nature, greenery and farming in cities. dezeen
  • [New] In the coming years the share of public charging is expected to rise, due to the higher deployment of EV cars in middle - and low-income households that may not have access to home / private charging even if others share their private parking, especially in urban areas. InterTraffic
  • In related news, the world's first city tree will combine the natural ability of living moss to bind fine dust and improve air quality, with new technologies, to clean, cool and humidify the air in Newcastle Central Station. NewStart
  • A new opportunity to grab more market share has opened up as governments, particularly in Europe, place stricter emissions regulations in urban areas. TechCrunch

Last updated: 18 September 2021