Bye Bye Batavia, Hullo Palangka Raya
Indonesia will shift its capital from Jakarta to the heart of Borneo for environmental reasons. Down To Earth finds that this isn't the first …
Habitat III: the biggest conference you’ve probably never heard of
More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito in October to set out a New Urban Agenda for the UN, to be implemented over the next 20 years
Summer had not even begun when these Indian cities imposed water cuts
Down To Earth lists some prominent cities that have resorted to water rationing in the absence of any alternate sources
No fishing for eggs
Cycling v cyclist
Why do city authorities appease only the cyclist who pedals for recreation rather than support cycling as a means of transport?
Small cities win big on waste management
When it comes to managing their waste, small cities are showing the way through key policies and strict monitoring
India, not yet a safe country for cyclists
On World Bicycle Day (June 3), let's emphasise the fact that cycling as a mode of travel can only pick up in India only when the 'smart cities' …
Changing mobility patterns, rising chronic diseases
How do we make mobility planning “Healthier”? What does Delhi teach us?
Why cities are focal areas to address climate change
Cities play a crucial source of innovation, solutions and opportunities to improve the lives of people
Waste? I haven’t heard of anything like that
Waste is but an imaginary concept; a discarded shoe or a toothbrush is waste only as long as you think it as such
Urbanisation to cause huge loss of prime farmland: UNCCD
Between 1.6 and 3.3 million hectares of such land could be lost by 2030, estimates the United Nations Convention to combat Desertification report
When water is no longer limitless
Day Zeroes are inevitable unless cities innovate, diversify supply sources and emphasise on the judicious use of water
Government announces names of first 20 smart cities
Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur top the list
Can India’s cities accommodate climate migrants?
Our urban areas need to have appropriate development policies and programmes to accommodate those displaced by climate change
Is the house sparrow out of the woods?
The house sparrow declined in urban India in the last two decades; however, conservation efforts might have just stopped its journey to extinction
Areas selected for smart city development are heat islands: study
The study has found that agriculture and irrigation are two dominant drivers of urban heat islands in India
स्मार्ट सिटी मिशन की हालत खस्ता, 21 प्रतिशत फंड ही खर्च हुआ
जिन 100 शहरों को स्मार्ट सिटी बनाना है, उनमें से केवल 22 शहरों में ही स्मार्ट सड़कें और 15 शहरों में ही स्मार्ट सौर ...
How to resolve Karnataka water crisis
At the peak of Karnataka’s water crisis, the state’s deputy chief minister, G Parameshwara, made a desperate suggestion. He said the …
How to deal with extreme heat: Move beyond emergency mode
In an era of global warming, if India’s cities are to continue as centres for economic opportunities, they will have to move away from …
After Cape Town, is Sydney heading for a date with Day Zero?
From June 1, 2019, the Australian megapolis will face water cuts again after nearly a decade as levels in its dams are just over 50 per cent
Schools need a roadmap for rainwater harvesting
Despite school rooftops and playgrounds being the best places for rainwater harvesting, many institutions are unable to implement the system …
COVID-19: We’re in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future
After coronavirus, a key question emerges: What in essence is a city for? There is a need to look at permanent urban policy choices to make …
World Cities Day: Climate change’s impact on major cities
Here are few of the major cities in the world that are fighting the dangers of climate change
The West must pay for its external water footprints: expert
Water-stressed developing nations are using significant amount of their water to grow food to be imported to the West
Integration of culture with urban strategies can make cities sustainable
Culture is what makes cities attractive and creative. Sans culture, cities are merely concrete and steel constructions prone to social and …