Towards More Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation: Journal. International Institute for Environment and Development. April 2019.
Our understanding of climate change impacts and
vulnerability in urban centres has grown rapidly in recent years, as has the number
of cities developing and implementing plans to respond to the challenges of
climate change. The papers in this issue explore such plans and responses in a
variety of contexts and scales, from transnational networks for adaptation that
incorporate Indonesian cities, to urban adaptation in the Solomon Islands and
Vanuatu. Several papers explore the gendered aspects of adaptation (in Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania and Khulna City, Bangladesh). Another zeroes in on the way
urban migrants are particularly affected in India.
A common theme is attention to the informal settlements that
are particularly exposed to climate-related hazards in cities. Another theme
across the papers in this issue is the need for genuinely inclusive adaptation;
one paper details the participatory planning processes in three small- to
medium-sized Latin American cities.
Also in this issue of Environment and Urbanization are papers on: 50 years of housing policies in Latin America; the Smart Cities craze in India; participatory slum upgrading in Afghanistan; household water consumption in Shanghai; policy pilots for co-production in four Chinese cities; the use of satellilte data to study Indian slums; sanitation bye-law enforcement in Accra; provision of basic services in Syria; and malaria in peri-urban areas of Colombia. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
How to Enable Electric Bus Adoption in Cities Worldwide. World Resources Institute. Xiangyi Li et al. May 2019
Electric buses could pioneer a new age of clean and
efficient urban transport and put cities on track towards sustainability.
However, electric bus adoption is not accelerating fast enough for the world to
meet transport-related global climate objectives and help limit global
temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius.
The aim of this report is to fill in knowledge gaps and
provide actionable guidance for transit agencies and bus operating entities to
help them overcome the most common and debilitating barriers to electric bus
adoption. It provides a step-by-step guidance to establish and achieve electric
bus adoption targets using concrete and diverse real-world experiences.
Transit agencies and bus operating entities are encouraged
to maximize electric bus adoption targets based on local conditions and to
develop a responsible strategy for implementation. They should be actively
involved in planning and analysis; be serious about piloting and testing
projects; and collaborate with city policymakers and other stakeholders to
accelerate a responsible adoption of electric buses. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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The Opportunities and Risks of K-12 Student Placement Algorithms. Brookings Institution. Matt Kasman and Jon Valant. February 28, 2019
How students are assigned to schools is changing, especially
in urban areas. After decades of using students’ home addresses to determine
school assignments, many U.S. cities are now turning to placement
algorithms—alongside school choice policies—to determine which students can
attend which particular schools. These algorithms, built on the Nobel
Prize-winning theory of market design, elicit families’ ranked preferences for
schools and use those preferences, along with schools’ priorities, to match
students and schools. [Note: contains copyrighted
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Building beyond Policing: A Case Study of Eden Night Live in Alameda County, California. Urban Institute. Cameron Okeke. September 25, 2018
Key takeaway: How community parties have helped California sheriffs rethink public safety
This report describes how the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office used Eden Night Live, a community festival and pop-up marketplace, to creatively reimagine and rebuild community-police relations in Ashland/Cherryland. Through interviews with officers, community members, and staff, this case study examines how artistic performance, community participation, and community-based economic development can build local commerce, foster community cohesion, and change perceptions of public safety. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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IOT, Automation, Autonomy, and Megacities in 2025: A Dark Preview. Center for Strategic & International Studies. Michael Assante, Andrew Bochman. April 26, 2017
This paper extrapolates from present trends to describe plausible future crises playing out in multiple global cities within 10 years. While predicting the future is fraught with uncertainty, much of what occurs in the scenarios presented here is fully possible today and, absent a significant course change, probable in the timeframe discussed.
It is not hard to find tech evangelists touting that ubiquitous and highly interconnected digital technology will bring great advances in productivity and efficiency, as well as new capabilities we cannot foresee. This paper attempts to reveal what is possible when these technologies are applied to critical infrastructure applications en masse without adequate security in densely populated cities of the near future that are less resilient than other environments. Megacities need and will deploy these new technologies to keep up with insatiable demand for energy, communications, transportation, and other services, but it is important to recognize that they are also made more vulnerable by following this path. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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