Human society has a lot riding on the transport sector. Safe, efficient, and sustainable transport not only has the potential to enhance or degrade the public spaces, health, and economic dynamism of where the majority of humanity lives – in cities – it also has a significant impact on our planet. With cities already producing 75 percent of global CO2 emissions – due in large part to urban transport – and projected to generate 65 percent of global economic growth by 2025, they are the battleground where the fight for sustainable development will be won or lost.
Introduction to the impacts of toxic pollution and the work of the Blacksmith Institute. Toxic pollution poses health risks to over 100 million people, particularly children, in low- and middle-income countries. Blacksmith works with local partners, NGOs and governments to cleanup the world's most polluted places.
In Puerto Princesa, a city in the southern Philippines, the government and motorized tricycle drivers have joined forces to reduce noise and air pollution through the use of cleaner technologies, repair and maintenance training, and alternative livelihoods.
Creating healthy and sustainable food systems is key to overcome hunger and malnutrition around the globe, said Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General at the Green Week in Berlin today.
"Food production has tripled since 1945 and average food availability per person has risen by 40 percent," Semedo said at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2014.
In order to sustain economic growth, improve public health and reduce environmental impacts, East Asia’s cities need to address significant gaps in their sanitation services, according to two new World Bank reports released today. Substantial financing is needed to manage wastewater and septage that is generated by the urban population. According to some estimates, investment levels of at least US$250 per person are needed annually in the region over the next 15 years.