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Julian Sandler
2 weeks ago
Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

The Nature Conservancy released a report, "Funding Trees for Health," which highlights the benefits of planting trees in cities to improve air quality, minimize urban heat island effects, support water quality and create more aesthetic environments, among other benefits.

The Conservancy believes there are four main barriers preventing cities from planting more trees: lack of knowledge about the benefits of trees; public concerns regarding falling limbs or criminal activity; a lack of financial resources; and siloed departments left to deal with the responsibility of tree planting.

While the Conservancy notes that the solutions to overcome these barriers vary by city, it broadly suggests directly linking forestry to health goals and objectives for financial and public support.

Jason Black
2 months ago
Jason Black
Project Manager

IoT growth is skyrocketing, with an annual growth rate of 23%. The number of IoT devices is on track to surpass the number of smartphones to become the largest category of connected devices by 2018. The low cost and wide availability of sensors and radios used to connect everyday objects, like traffic signals and thermostats, to the Internet have tipped the scales in favor of IoT, including IoT in the medical market.

Healthcare IoT has already emerged as an expanding market, but it may be poised to grow even more rapidly. Here’s why.

Salud Ruiz
3 months ago
Salud Ruiz
Smart City Expert

“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go” Terri Swearingen

LABCITIES
4 months ago
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By Joan Torres

Europe’s social services face a challenging time. Angela Merkel is fond of saying that Europe has 7% of the world’s population, 25% of its wealth and 50% of its welfare spending. If the continent is to avoid a continued period of stagnation and austerity, it will need to explore more radical options.

The first challenge is to tap our collective intelligence. There are many tools available to involve more people in the design and implementation of social care policies, through platforms such as challenges.org. At their best, these draw on the experiences and expertise of service users and frontline workers to help solve problems. They put people at the centre of designing social services.

The second challenge is to commit to experimentation. No one knows what social care models will work best in 10 or 20 years’ time – the only way to find out is by experimenting. Some governments, with Finland and Canada at the vanguard, are exploring alternatives to top-down national policies. Th...

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LABCITIES
5 months ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire bête noire of both the sugar industry and the tobacco industry, famously fought for a ban on the sale of large-sized colas and other sweet drinks when he was mayor of New York and lost. Although that is not how he sees it.

“We actually won that battle,” he says. “I have always thought if we had not been stopped by the court, it would have died as an issue. Nobody would have known about it. But the fact that it kept coming back to the newspapers was a gift in disguise because people started to think, Holy God, maybe full-sugar drinks are bad for me.

Bloomberg did plenty more for public health while mayor of New York, including imposing one of the first bans on smoking in bars and restaurants in 2003. Since then he has widened his sphere of influence, funding successful campaigns through his philanthropic foundation for sugar taxes in Mexico and Philadelphia and for curbs on smoking all over the world.

Now, appointed last year as the World Health Organisation’s global ambassador for non-communicable diseases – meaning anything that can harm or kill you that is not infectious – the eighth richest person in the world, worth an estimated $47.5bn, is taking his philosophy and his cash to 40 cities around the globe.

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