Can nature help reduce the impacts of climate change?

Source: Can nature help reduce the impacts of climate change? — EEA Building and managing a well-planned network of natural areas might provide an effective and, in many cases, cheaper solution for coping with natural disasters such as floods or landslides. Read More …

Climate change and cities — EEA

Source: Climate change and cities — EEA Most Europeans now live in cities, so the choices we make about urban infrastructure will have a large influence on how well we cope with climate change. More frequent rainfall, flooding, and heatwaves are Read More …

Urban systems are relatively resource efficient, but also create multiple exposure patterns — EEA

Origen: 5. Safeguarding people from environmental risks to health — EEA Nearly 73% of the European population lives in cities, and this is projected to reach 82% in 2050 (UN, 2011; 2012b). Urban development in Europe, particularly the increasing trend in Read More …

Do you like the life in the countryside? Good news for you

A recent article published by the European Environment Agency [1], based on studies about the current status, trends and prospects of the environment, unveils some amazing figures, at least for me. “Between now and 2050, using the UN’s median variant, the Read More …

Towards a more urban world

Urban areas in developing countries will absorb most of the global population increase, with 67 % of people living in cities by 2050. Most of the growth is expected to be in megacities, particularly slums. Compact cities are the most Read More …

If the mayor of Madrid says stupidities, it is not the fault of the Azores anticyclone

We are witnessing these days an event that is becoming a classic in Spain every Winter: the extraordinary concentration of pollutants in the atmosphere of the largest urban areas. The pollutant that is triggering the alarms and exceeding the legal Read More …

Smart City Expo: the cities of sustainability, responsibility, safety and health

This week was held in Barcelona (18-20 November) the Smart City Expo congress, a world leading congress on smart solutions […] for cities, companies and experts [1] In practice, due to the number and features of the solutions shown in the congress, a more Read More …

Do governors apply the analytical methods in the decision-making?

Because of professional reasons, I am becoming acquainted with a wide range of tools and methods used in decision-making, problems solving and the establishment of strategies processes in complex environments. Causal modelling, actor analysis, goal trees and means-end diagrams, problem diagrams, decision Support, score cards, Read More …

Urban development models in Europe: south of France

France is an amazing country, however you look at it. In addition to the overwhelming nature and the touching historical heritage, there is a factor that attracts the attention as soon as you go through any of the existing border crossings Read More …