Resources – Urban Manufacturing etc.
Make This City – The State of Urban Manufacturing
How urban manufacturing is reshaping an industry, changing cities, and building local economies
As cities continue to grow, it puts more pressure on the existing infrastructure. We take a look at how people are using technology to intelligently manage resources, change people’s behaviour and create a more pleasant environment. And how the answer may not even be about cities at all.
Resilience Needed in Global Food Supply
Scientists say the global food system needs to be more resilient to shocks that can limit supply and drive up prices.
Huge Divide in Spending on Climate Change Adaptation Across World’s Megacities
Against a backdrop of a global recession, this might seem like good news. But representing at most 0.33% of a city’s wealth, resiliencebuilding is still a small fraction of total spending.
Citizen scientists to map pollution and where more trees are needed
Trees Please Hamilton is looking for citizen scientists’ to help with a new tree planting project that targets lower city neighbourhoods with higher air pollution.
Resilience.org aims to support building community resilience in a world of multiple emerging challenges: the decline of cheap energy, the depletion of critical resources like water, complex environmental crises like climate change and biodiversity loss, and the social and economic issues which are linked to these. We like to think of the site as a community library with space to read and think, but also as a vibrant café in which to meet people, discuss ideas and projects, and pick up and share tips on how to build the resilience of your community, your household, or yourself.
The federal gov’t has announced new monies for resilience for municipalities. Time to come up with our first projects as the pot is there waiting to be used.
What Are Trees Worth to Cities?
David Nowak whittles down 30 years of studying the economic value of forests to this advice: If you can only plant one tree, plant it in a city. After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure improvements, trees offer cities some of the best bang for their buck. Trees remove carbon dioxide, filter air pollution, and produce oxygen. They absorb rainwater, UV radiation, and noise. They slow down traffic, improve property values, and reduce human stress and mental fatigue. And they provide shade, which means we have to use less energy to cool down.