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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] With massive development underway in China - one of the top wetland-containing nations in the world - it's also among the most threatened: In the past decade, many wetland areas have been transformed into farmland and cities. Ensia
  • [New] Within the next five years, passenger-carrying piloted flying taxis are expected to start low-density operations across cities in the UK, at a rate that's projected to exceed existing helicopter traffic. NATS Blog
  • [New] Scientists are using the signals to monitor active fault lines and calculate earthquake risks for major Chinese cities. Insider
  • [New] The City of London will use the research to design policy interventions to cut consumption-based emissions from food. IISD
  • [New] Another 230 billion square metres of new building stock will be needed by 2060 - equivalent to another 460 cities the size of New York City. Future Timeline
  • [New] The rice-growing areas of South China are close to sea level and will be inundated, including major cities such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nanjing and Hangzhou. Richard Stallman
  • [New] In 2022 PHMSA will propose a safety rule to regulate methane leaks from 2.3 million miles of distribution pipelines in cities. Lokal Bude
  • [New] In 2019 in London, there were 1,500 new HIV diagnoses, and even though the number of new diagnoses has declined steadily since 2014, there is still a way to go to reach the Fast-Track Cities target of zero new HIV diagnoses in London by 2030. City of London
  • [New] El Salvador's plans to build the world's first Bitcoin City and Adidas's entry were the bright spots for digital assets in a week that saw major cryptocurrencies clobbered by fears over the new coronavirus variant Omicron. ARY NEWS
  • [New] For western Chinese cities, the China-Europe freight trains offer a new logistics channel and help local businesses tap the potential of overseas markets.
  • [New] The economic development agency Beijing E-Town has confirmed that Xiaomi will build an EV factory in the city capable of producing up to 300,000 vehicles per year. Engadget
  • [New] Southeast Asia has a golden opportunity to set its cities on a more sustainable development path and to address the growing pains of its largest cities before they become uncontrollable problems. Daily News
  • [New] McKinsey estimates that for large, densely populated cities, such as Shanghai, New York and London, some 85 to 100 takeoff and landing pads could be required. a
  • [New] Traffic jams are a common problem in cities around the world, be it Beijing, Tokyo or New York, with some frustrated drivers wishing they could fly over vehicles blocking their path. a
  • [New] The first of BYD's eBuses on order from TMB are scheduled for delivery in 2022, and when commissioned, will operate throughout the city of Barcelona providing passengers with clean, safe and comfortable transportation. Automotive World
  • [New] The greatest numbers of people at risk of homelessness are located in capital cities on the eastern coast of Australia. The Conversation
  • [New] If adopted by City Council, Toronto will be one of only three big cities in North America with a net zero by 2040 target. Electric Energy Online
  • [New] Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality installed Turkey's first super app, which will be an example and inspiration for other major cities around the world. MENAFN
  • [New] Perhaps the popular canine of Istanbul, like many residents of the big city, will find peace in the Aegean region away from politics. Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East
  • [New] Urban growth in Africa is daunting and presents both challenges and opportunities. African Centre for Cities
  • [New] As England's capital city and a global financial centre, London seemingly offers trainee solicitors a wealth of opportunities which are more scarce in other regions. Legal Cheek
  • Thirteen of the world's 20 biggest urban areas will be in Africa - up from just two today - as will more than a third of the world's population. Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Last updated: 04 December 2021