A World of Science by theme: Sustainable cities

  • Out of sight, out of mind? (2013, EN, FR), on the Groundwater Governance Project (2011−2014), which hopes to influence political decision-making by raising awareness of the urgent need to manage groundwater more sustainably, including in urban areas where experiments in collective governance are rare.
  • Putting a Price on Conservation (2012, EN, ES, FR), on how the Serra do Espinhaço Biosphere Reserve in Brazil is rewarding municipalities which protect biodiversity and ecosystems in the world’s most intensely mined biosphere reserve.
  • Planning for an Uncertain Future (2012, ENESFR), on the difficulties in reconciling supply and demand for freshwater, at a time when more urban dwellers lack access to a clean water supply and sanitation than in 2000.
  • Sandwatchers find a Market for a Weed (2012, EN, ES, FR), on the ingenious scheme of a youth group from Kisumu, Kenya’s third-largest city, to turn water hyacinth, an invasive weed, into a series of ecoproducts
  • From the Dark Ages to the Green Ages (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU) tracing the rise of green chemistry over the past 20 years or so, since the tragic industrial accidents of Bhopal (India), Seveso (Italy) and Kolontar (Hungary) highlighted the need for chemical companies to clean up their act.
  • Forty Years of Field Laboratories in Sustainability (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), tracing the history of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, (MAB), which promoted the first worldwide international research initiative on ecological approaches to urban systems and other human settlements.
  • Coping with Extremes in Pakistan (2011, EN, ES, FR RU), on why rapid population growth, urbanization and climate change have made Pakistan one of the most water-stressed countries in the world.
  • Rising to the Challenge of Rising Waters (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a project to help Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, cope with recurrent flooding owing to its location in a floodplain
  • Megacities of Tomorrow (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), forecasting how the geosciences will shape the world’s most populous cities in the decades to come.
  • A City Making the Switch to Healthy Sanitation (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a project to improve sanitation in the capital of Ghana, Accra
  • The Rise and Fall of Bam’s Qanats (2008, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on UNESCO’s contribution to restoring the subterranean canals damaged in the Bam earthquake in Iran in December 2003

See also: Greening the economy

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