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Cuautitlán: A Journal of Living in the Suburbs of Mexico City

About 18 miles from the Zocalo as the crow flies from the center of Mexico City, is my home for the month. A short, if convoluted ride on three of the city’s metro lines (for about 30 cents) takes you to Buenavista Station. Dating to the 19th century, this was once the main inter-urban train station in…

The Nature Conservancy & C40 Release Urban Water Blueprint

Today, The Nature Conservancy released a report analyzing the state of water resources for 530 cities worldwide. The report – Urban Water Blueprint: Mapping Conservation Solutions to the Global Water Challenge – and interactive websitewere done in partnership with C40 and the International Water Association, and offer recommendations for how to revitalize strained water resources…

In Conversation: C40’s Johanna Partin leads discussion with USDN and the Cities of London & Curitiba

For the second year in a row, C40 and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) teamed up to bring a couple of international C40 cities to USDN’s annual meeting, held last month in Houston. C40’s Regional Director for North America, Johanna Partin, sat down with select participants to get their thoughts on the exchange. Johanna…

Watch Raccoons Escape Trash Can—Are Urban Animals Getting Smarter?

A new video suggests that these “perfect little urban warriors” may be smarter than their rural kin, a scientist says.

Michael Waldrep: Understanding the Meaning of Sense of Place

Michael Waldrep will spend 9 months in Mexico City studying its stories, and specifically those of the sprawling reaches that envelope it. Certainly, the city has its historic center and its charming European-styled boulevards close by. But outside of its strictest boundary, the line that divides the Federal District from the surrounding State of Mexico, a 21st Century city, simultaneously typical of global development and unique to the specificities of Mexico, is being built. It includes the massive, quasi-legal, cinderblock districts of Ciudad Neza (1.1 million people, or nearly two Bostons) and Ecatepec (1.6 million people, or larger than Philadelphia)—the informal settlements that loom large in the mental image of the sprawling edges of Mexico City.

Mimi Onuoha: Charting the Intersections of the Physical and Online Worlds

The lives you lead are different, but not divorced. They stretch and meet at crucial intersections. You cruise websites and highways; you check into hotels and locations on mobile apps. You may like to eat a type of food and you may also “like” that food on Facebook, but those two actions do not necessarily mean the same thing.

Foodie Bees: Insects Head Downtown for Dinner

Foodies aren’t the only ones these days swarming cities in search of the best eats: Bees also prefer to eat in cities, new research shows.

A Retrofuturistic Train Journey to Explore America’s New Frontiers

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Tomorrow, a group of 25 millennial pioneers will embark on a retrofuturistic, crowdfunded train journey across America known as the Millennial Trains Project. Along the way, they will meet with local innovators, grow as leaders, and build trans-regional perspectives relating to their personal, professional, and creative interests. Instead of buying souvenirs, they will use 3D…

Stop that Cow: When Ecuadoran Cities Organize to Protect Water Supplies

Arturo Quevedo, the engineer responsible for the watershed protection program for Loja, Ecuador’s municipal water agency, has a kind demeanor. His slightly crooked front teeth are prominent beneath his moustache as he waxes ebullient about clean water percolating through forested slopes, coursing through pipes, and hydrating Loja’s children. But don’t let the gentle, nature-lover exterior fool you. As tender as he is with the landscape, he is equally fierce in sniffing out water-polluting scum.

Sex in the City: As Cities Grow, Are We Forgetting the Urban Poor?

Today, 3.9 billion of us live in cities. That’s more than half the world’s population. By 2050, two-thirds of us will live in urban areas. Today is World Population Day, and this week the United Nations Population Division released the latest version of its World Urbanization Prospects. The 2014 projections show continued population growth and…

The Greater London National Park* Opens

“There is this idea that a National Park has to be remote and rural, but cities are incredibly important habitats too.” Daniel Raven-Ellison describes his project to change the way people look at cities.

Expert Voices: Arnoud Molenaar, Manager, Rotterdam Climate Proof, City of Rotterdam

In the last few months, Rotterdam has met a series of milestones to make the city more climate resilient. Most recently, the city, together with all partner cities in the C40 Connecting Delta City (CDC) Network, is proud to have published the third volume of the C40 Connecting Delta Cities (CDC) book, ‘Resilient Cities and…

Expert Voices: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

How megacities are becoming central players in the fight against climate change In November 2012, superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast, claiming dozens of lives and causing billions in damages to the US economy. Lower Manhattan at night, otherwise a hub of around the clock activity, was dark, silent, and flooded. That image, reminiscent…

Geography in the News: The Growth of Megacities

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Megacities’ Expansive Growth For the first time in human history, more of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in cities than in rural areas. That is an incredible demographic and geographic shift since 1950 when only 30 percent of the world’s 2.5 billion inhabitants lived…

Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows Will Shine Spotlight on Critical World Issues

The Department of State and National Geographic share a common interest in ensuring that individuals throughout the world have access to information that serves to break down barriers between people, said Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan in her remarks at the official signing event of the new Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. The inaugural fellows will “will shine a spotlight on critical world issues that serve as the themes of this year’s Digital Storytelling program: Biodiversity, Cities, Cultures, Disasters, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water.”