Smart Cities

Climate change is set to exacerbate existing inequalities across regions and negatively impact already-vulnerable populations: the urban poor will be hit the hardest by the unevenly balanced climate change impacts. More than 1 billion members of the global population are slum-dwellers: they are the poorest and most vulnerable to climate risks due to overcrowding, substandard housing and living conditions, and lack of housing rights, physical infrastructure, and access to services.
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Many large-scale composting projects in developing countries face technical and financial challenges yet the financial aspects are less well understood. This knowledge product focuses on understanding sustainable business models for composting projects, identifying enabling conditions, and providing case studies as a means to learn directly from cities.
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The Decision Maker’s Guides for Solid Waste Management Technologies were created to help mayors and decision makers understand the various technologies and when they would be appropriate based on local circumstances. Mayors are often approached by different solid waste management technology vendors and these guides aim to provide objective guidance and critical considerations. They offer insights into implementing environmentally sound treatment and disposal solutions.
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The living environment is an important resource for Chinese cities to response the challenge of aging population. In an ideal living environment, elderlies can obtain necessary support when their physical functions gradually decline due to aging. Their service needs arising out of weakened self-care ability and sharp decline in family care resources can be satisfied in a timely manner. The loneliness that may be caused by transformation of social roles can be appropriately eased.
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Local governments can lead on climate action through municipal service areas such as public lighting.  Smart and connected public lighting system, which is also considered as an element of a samrt city, can address a range of different needs and therefore bring a range of benefits . This case study showcases the initiative launched by Buenos Aires where the City completed a LED retrofit project and deployed a smart management system for its public lighting network.
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More data are available today than ever before. Yet too often policymakers, business leaders, and analysts cannot access the data they need to make informed decisions about the environment and human well-being. That’s why WRI and over 30 partners built Resource Watch, a dynamic platform that leverages technology, data, and human networks to bring unprecedented transparency about the planet right now. Resource Watch features hundreds of data sets all in one place on the state of the planet’s resources and citizens.

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