London cycling good for health, could be safer
London’s “Boris bikes” are proving to be a health boon for men and older cyclists. However, the city’s bicycle hire program could deliver even better health benefits to citizens in general if cycling safety were improved. A study published in the BMJ found improvements in lifelong disability adjusted life... Read more
Europe ‘must keep climate ambitions high’
A group of more than 1,000 European cities in “energy transition” is urging the European Council to remain committed to ambitious climate and energy goals for 2030. Energy Cities sent the message based on concerns that the European Commission’s latest proposal “lacks the necessary ambition to meet Europe’s climate... Read more
Glasgow’s Brian Devlin to speak at Urban London
Two new speakers — Brian Devlin and Trevor Dorling — have been added to the lineup for Urban London, scheduled for June 5 at Digital Enterprise Greenwich. Brian is executive director of land and environmental services for the Glasgow City Council. In that position, he oversees an annual revenue... Read more
High-carbon suburbs drag down city climate efforts
Densely populated big cities have earned a reputation for being energy- and carbon-efficient places to live. Unfortunately, the sprawling suburbs that typically surround those cities pretty much cancel out those benefits. In fact, US suburbs — while accounting for less than half the country’s population — generate half of... Read more
UK bets £8 million on liquid-air energy storage
Two British companies have received more than £8 million in government funding to develop liquid-air-based technology for energy storage. Viridor Waste Management Ltd. and Highview Power Storage won the funding through a UK Department of Energy and Climate Change competition to support energy storage technology research and development. The... Read more
Cisco, AGT partnership puts focus on city security
Cisco and the security technology company AGT International are teaming up to roll out new analytics-based products and services for cities. Rather than putting the emphasis on “smart,” the partnership’s initial offerings show a strong focus on security. The companies’ first two solutions, set to become available in mid-2014,... Read more
Sustainable Cities Institute launches online ‘toolkit’
The National League of Cities’ Sustainable Cities Institute has launched a redesigned website to offer practical information and helpful resources to city leaders. The new site is designed as a “complete sustainability toolkit” for cities. In addition to profiles of individual cities and what they are doing to improve... Read more
Tech accelerator aims to help ICT startups
Startups focused on innovations in big data, smart cities and the internet of things are being encouraged to seek support and funding from the tech accelerator Wayra. Applicants have from now until Feb. 23 to try out for one of around 50 spots at a Wayra Academy in Barcelona,... Read more
World’s megacities pick up pace on climate action
Leaders in the world’s largest cities almost universally recognize that climate change poses a “significant risk.” And they’re stepping up efforts to prepare for and minimize those risks in a number of ways. Cities in the C40 Climate Leadership Group have doubled the number of climate-focused actions they’ve taken... Read more
Keeping cities food-secure raises policy questions
Some major cities are far more food-secure than others, a first-ever study of three large metropolitan food systems has found. The Australian capital of Canberra, for example, derives the majority of its most common foods from regional agricultural areas, according to research by partners in the International Alliance of... Read more