Category: Sustainable Development

The Key Battleground of Climate Change: Cities

In 2007, a huge population milestone was achieved. It was found that over 50% of the global population was living in urban areas compared to rural areas. Never before has this been seen. As the global population continues to rise (currently at 7.5 billion but projected to reach 10 billion around 2050), cities and urban ...

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After Some Time Off, We’re Back!

It's been a while. Having moved out to Perth, Australia, to study for a Masters in Sustainable Development 7 months ago, spending time with visiting family through June and July was special and definitely a focus of my time. Also, taking a couple of weeks to settle into my second semester of university and a ...

Sustainable Cities: Zurich, Switzerland

After visiting Portland and Bogotá in North and South America, we cross the pond to Switzerland and the city of Zurich. Rated by Dutch architecture company, Arcadis, as the most sustainable city in the world, Zurich leads the way in their environmental index, ranks very high economically, and is about average in the social index ...

Sustainable Cities: Bogotá, Colombia

Second to feature in the Sustainable Cities series is Bogotá, Colombia. Yes, the country that is probably best known for the infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar, is actually an increasingly sustainable city and doing some remarkable things that not many other places on the planet are able to achieve. It's Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system ...

Sustainable Cities: Portland, USA

The sustainable development of global cities is vital in reducing the effects and impacts of climate change, and so, each week I will look at a global city and what it is doing to make cities more sustainable. In a growing global population with mass migration from rural areas to urban areas, the sustainable growth ...

Why Sustainability?

It would probably be a good place to start, explaining just what sustainability is and why it's so important. It first received major international recognition in 1992 with Agenda 21 at the Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit on Environment and Development and is now commonplace in environmental legislation in many nations around the world. The ...

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