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Increasing Calls to Foster Biodiversity in World’s Cities

January 7, 2014 - in Environment

The portion of the planet characterized as urban is on track to triple from 2000 to 2030—that is, we are already almost halfway there. Meanwhile, 17 percent of the 800 or so North American bird species are in decline, and all 20 species on the Audubon Society’s…

Esri and Next Century Combine Forces to Develop Ozone Map Widgets

October 29, 2013 - in Environment, Projects

Esri announces that it will partner with Next Century, a decision support company based in Columbia, Maryland, to develop Esri map widgets for the Ozone…

Noise Pollution Maps from Smartphone Data

October 24, 2013 - in Projects, Sensors

Noise pollution is one of the banes of modern life. Its effects are broad and insidious, ranging from sleep and work disruption to hearing impairment…

Europe Gets a New Data Viewer for Urban Waste Water Treatment

October 21, 2013 - in Projects, Sensors, Water

Treatment of urban wastewater is crucial for protecting the natural environment against pollution. A new data viewer from the European Environment Agency (EEA) allows users to access data on urban wastewater and  treatment plants. The new data viewer, part…

Are We Heading Toward a 'Too-Smart' City?

May 21, 2013 - in Sensors, Smart Cities

Today, smart-city programs tend to be limited and fairly granular, though people might be surprised to know exactly which parts of their cities are already sensing and analyzing information. Boston is wired with a system called ShotSpotter, which uses acoustic…

Moving from "Light Green" to Sustainable Buildings

January 22, 2013 - in Facility Management

As more people move to urban areas in search of economic opportunities, the number of buildings that are needed to house them continues to rise. It is estimated that by 2030, an additional 1.4 billion people will live in cities, of which 1.3 billion will dwell…

Groundbreaking Infrastructure Projects Fuel 'Cities of the Future'

July 3, 2012 - in Smart Cities

The development of sustainable urban infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. With more than half of the global population already squeezed into cities that, collectively, make up less than two percent of the planet's land cover,…