central-park (JodesJ from Pixabay)

As coronavirus forces lockdowns, parks lift spirits in cities

WNM | Mar 25, 2020 at 12:20 AM

As the coronavirus outbreak shutters gyms, malls and swimming pools, residents from Los Angeles to Bangkok are heading to parks and open spaces during lockdowns, highlighting their vital role in protecting health and wellbeing, urban experts said.

Water is an under-used weapon in climate change fight

WNM | Mar 24, 2020 at 12:10 AM

Using water more efficiently in everything from daily life to agriculture and industry would help reduce planet-warming emissions and curb climate change – a potential benefit that has yet to be widely recognised, the United Nations said.

smart city (Peng LIU/Pexels)

From food to tech, coronavirus to spur urban planning rethink

WNM | Mar 18, 2020 at 2:08 PM

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the planet will force city authorities and planners to more seriously consider factors such as population density, technology, food security and inadequate housing, urban experts said.

rainforest (David Riaño Cortés/Pexels)

Planned Amazon roads could harm economies not just forests

WNM | Mar 18, 2020 at 12:10 AM

If governments follow through on plans to build thousands of kilometres of roads through the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, it will not only fuel deforestation but bring economic losses too, researchers said.

solar (American Public Power Association/Unsplash)

Coronavirus creating solar industry ‘crisis’

WNM | Mar 17, 2020 at 2:57 PM

The spreading coronavirus is threatening project schedules in the booming U.S. solar industry following a year in which the sector topped natural gas as the nation’s top new power source, according to a report.