Urban Risk & Planning

Some common air pollutants, such as ground-level ozone, are associated with more severe outcomes after SARS-CoV-2 infection, including admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Aerial view of a worker laying tiles
University of South Australia engineers have proposed one flood control measure in a new study that recommends designing permeable pavements to specifically suit local rainfall and soil conditions and reduce flood impacts.
Advancing inclusive and resilient urban development targeted at the urban poor
Discusses planning and design of connective and protective community infrastructure, and the use of climate change and disaster risk information on climate-sensitive hazards in ensuring their resilience. 
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This study provides a global analysis of spatial urbanization patterns and the evolution of flood exposure between 1985 and 2015. Using high-resolution annual data, it shows that settlements across the world grew by 85% to over 1.28 million km2.
A man looks out on a flooded alley in Chinatown on Nov 22, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai capital is experiencing its worst flooding in decades with much of the city inundated.
Intensifying natural hazards due to climate change are forcing countries to step up action in adapting to climate risks. In response to rising losses and damages, countries are committing to comprehensive adaptation and resilience strategies.
Local leaders forum at the GP2022 on 23 May 2022 in Bali, Indonesia.
Local governments play an essential role in disaster risk reduction and building resilience. At UNDRR’s 2022 Global Platform, the Local Leaders Forum opened a productive discussion on important issues around disaster resilience at city and district level.
Row of floating houses in the Netherlands
OCEANIX today unveiled the design of the world’s first prototype sustainable floating city. OCEANIX Busan aims to provide breakthrough technology for coastal cities facing severe land shortages that are compounded by climatic threats.
Highrise buildings with greened terraces, Milan
Heatwaves worldwide are becoming more frequent and longer in duration. In the light of this challenge, cities are showing leadership, commitment and innovative approaches to tackling extreme heat, demonstrating cost-effective actionable solutions.
Vector city concept
Matosinhos in Portugal and the Province of Potenza in Italy were recognised for pioneering strategies to reduce the impact of disasters including fires and earthquakes.