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World plagued by modern slavery

World plagued by modern slavery | Sustainable Cities | Scoop.it
Nearly 71 percent of the 150 million children, who are victims of forced labor, are used in the agriculture sector while the rest are used in high slavery risk sectors such as fisheries, manufacturing, construction and mining. That’s indicative of the ineffectiveness of labor regulations worldwide. But who’s to blame? The founder of the Walk Free Foundation says: “We all have a role to play in changing this reality – business, government, civil society, every one of us.”  

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Is the fight against modern slavery a priority in your supply management? 

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Living near a busy road may raise risk of dementia, major study into pollution finds — THE TELEGRAPH

Living near a busy road may raise risk of dementia, major study into pollution finds — THE TELEGRAPH | Sustainable Cities | Scoop.it

A decade-long study of 6.6 million people, published in The Lancet, found that one in 10 dementia deaths in people living within 50 metres of a busy road was attributable to fumes and noise.

 

Air pollution is already known to contribute to the deaths of around 40,000 people in Britain each year by exacerbating respiratory and heart conditions, while previous research showed emissions can cause brain shrinkage.

 

Professor Tom Dening, Director of the Centre for Old Age and Dementia at The University of Nottingham, added: “It is certainly plausible that air pollution from motor exhaust fumes may contribute to brain pathology that over time may increase the risk of dementia, and this evidence will add to the unease of people who live in areas of high traffic concentration."

 

Article published: 5 January 2017

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Professor Tom Dening, Director of the Centre for Old Age and Dementia at The University of Nottingham, added: “It is certainly plausible that air pollution from motor exhaust fumes may contribute to brain pathology that over time may increase the risk of dementia, and this evidence will add to the unease of people who live in areas of high traffic concentration."
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Think you know what a global city is? This study might prove you wrong

Think you know what a global city is? This study might prove you wrong | Sustainable Cities | Scoop.it
A “vast and complex” network of cities – some surprisingly small, others mid-sized – powers the international flow of goods, services, people, capital and ideas.
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From 31 October 2016, customers using the Centrelink bus service that connects the Victoria and Broadmarsh bus stations will notice a difference. The existing red midi buses will be replaced with longer blue buses as Nottingham Community Transport begin operating this service on behalf of Nottingham City Council. Nottingham Community Transport will be trialling the new fleet of all-electric buses, before they go into full service in the New Year. The new buses are much more environmentally friendly, being all-electric, with lower emissions and running further on a charge. They are also more economical to run.
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Urban farms might be trendy, but they won't replace rural agriculture anytime soon.
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Nottingham continues to impress and lead where other cities are looking to go. I wrote this blog about them a few weeks back https://aardvarknoseface.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/the-secrets-of-nottinghams-sustainability-success/
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Switching to a low-carbon economy offers cities ‘significant economic opportunities’, an assessment says. Low-carbon markets was worth US $33bn (£26bn) to London’s economy, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) says in its latest report.
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The City Council in Sheffield was forward thinking in its plan to set up a Green Commission and it consulted widely but it has procrastinated and is still to produce a final report with clear recommendations. It's lost many of its experienced officers who would deliver on the recommendations and it is getting left behind by the ambitions and commitment of other Core Cities.
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2016 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award Toolkit by Creative Carbon Scotland

2016 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award Toolkit by Creative Carbon Scotland | Sustainable Cities | Scoop.it

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with the help of Creative Carbon Scotland, have created a toolkit and awards program to encourage venues and shows to be produced as sustainably as possible.

 

Designed to be used at any point in the production process (from choosing a subject matter to deciding what to do with props at the end of a run), the toolkit brings together international resources and ideas covering everything from publicity to travel to set design.


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Spent a fascinating morning working with colleagues Nottingham City Council, Trent University and the wider city, including my own organisation scoping the ambition of a 'smart city'. Here's a few thoughts from earlier blogs I have written (https://aardvarknoseface.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/smart-city-collaboration-cities-and-their-universities/)
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Why London is still central to UK Economic Plans

Why London is still central to UK Economic Plans | Sustainable Cities | Scoop.it
According to a Brookings Institute and JPMorgan Chase study, our idea of a global city has become outdated in a rapidly urbanizing world in the midst of seismic technological change. A handful of financial centers, like New York, London and Tokyo, no longer drive world economy. Instead a “vast and complex” network of cities –…
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Sustainability and transformation in the NHS — BBC1 'EAST MIDLANDS TODAY'

Sustainability and transformation in the NHS — BBC1 'EAST MIDLANDS TODAY' | Sustainable Cities | Scoop.it

Associate Professor in Healthcare Innovation at The University of Nottingham's Business School, Stephen Timmons appears on BBC1 East Midlands Today to discuss sustainability and transformation in relation to NHS health policy.

 

Broadcast: 14 November 2016

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Associate Professor in Healthcare Innovation at The University of Nottingham's Business School, Stephen Timmons appears on BBC1 East Midlands Today to discuss sustainability and transformation in relation to NHS health policy.
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Case studies showing the range of low emission bus technologies in use throughout the UK
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Fantastic line up of speakers, inspirers and do-ers at this event in #Sheffield coming up, including Janet Sharpe, Fionn Stevenson and Barra MacRuari.
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Here's how to give people a greater say in their cities

Here's how to give people a greater say in their cities | Sustainable Cities | Scoop.it
Here's how social and political power can come together in cities, to counteract the focus on short-term profit.

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‘Electric vehicles powered by renewable energy sources can play a bridging role in the EU’s plans to move towards a greener, more sustainable transport system, and in meeting its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80‒95% by 2050,’ said Hans Bruyninckx, EEA executive director. ‘However, larger numbers of electric vehicles will not be enough for the shift to a low-carbon economy. Other problems such as growing demand for transport and congestion remain and need to be addressed as well.’
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Nottingham is earning a reputation for being a city with sustainability at its heart. So what makes it different to the other core cities in the UK? Newly published government data shows that since 2011-12 there has been a significant fall in the city’s carbon emissions due to a reduction in domestic energy use. It indicates a 33% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005, beating a target set by Nottingham City Council to reach a 26% reduction by 2020. - See more at: http://environmentjournal.online/articles/secrets-nottinghams-sustainability-success/#sthash.tY4sc9CE.dpuf
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The Future of The 'Smart City'

The Future of The 'Smart City' | Sustainable Cities | Scoop.it
Over 85 percent of the world’s population will live in a city by the end of the century. In

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...and the city of Columbus, Ohio is the official winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge and $140 million in innovation grants.