A World of Waste

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It’s no small secret—people the world over are now generating gargantuan amounts of garbage. According to a 2011 World Bank report, the United States alone produces nearly 625,000 metric tons of solid waste every single day. China produces more than 520,000; Brazil and Japan each produce nearly 150,000.

Since 2011, those numbers have only increased. The World Economic Forum has estimated that by 2025, the amount of annual urban waste produced worldwide will be more than three times what it was in 2015. That’s a lot of trash, and it has to go somewhere.

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Lisboa: Mapas Climáticos para o Ordenamento

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O clima é um importante elemento do ambiente urbano; contudo, a qualidade do clima não é habitualmente tida em consideração no planeamento urbano e na promoção da sustentabilidade urbana e não existe ainda qualquer legislação sobre o assunto.

Reconhecendo a utilidade da investigação sobre clima urbano de Lisboa para a qualidade do ambiente, que tem sido desenvolvida desde a década de 80 no Centro de Estudos Geográficos, a Câmara Municipal de Lisboa decidiu apoiar o desenvolvimento de estudos que conduzissem à elaboração de linhas orientadoras para o ordenamento da cidade de modo a:

  • mitigar a ilha urbana de calor;
  • promover a ventilação;
  • melhorar a qualidade do ar.
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Walkability & Measuring Urban Street Design

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Street design influences the feelings and decisions of the pedestrian. Beyond just the mode of travel, street design affects how attractive, and ultimately, how economically viable an area will be. Perhaps the most important element in the public realm, streets play an important role in creating and hosting the daily activity in our cities. It is important to understand how the elements of successful streets influence job growth, revenue, lifestyle, and the overall public perception of an area. Streets that facilitate walking have the power to create rich, welcoming, and memorable experiences for pedestrians.

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The Living Wage Map

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An ongoing public debate about the struggle of low-income families to stay afloat raises a key question: how great is the gap between the minimum wage and the amount of money needed to meet a minimum standard of living?

The Living Wage Calculator, developed by Professor Amy Glasmeier of MIT, examines this question. Esri has map-enabled the Calculator data, revealing regional patterns. Tap below to explore the map.

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Des Moines City Hall Move

Des Moines City Hall Move

Historic Des Moines City Hall located at 400 Robert D. Ray Drive will undergo renovation beginning in early April, 2016. The construction is necessary to install modern heating, cooling, and sprinkler systems while preserving the historic character of the building. The project is expected to take 18-24 months. During that time, City Hall will be closed to the public, and City offices will move to other nearby locations.

To find City services and office locations, click on or swipe to the Find Us tab. Check the Pay or Apply Online tab for services and forms you can access online.

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