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Smart city and wise city
Ecocities
Smart city and wise city

The term smart cities mainly refers to the field of technology. Some fear that the intelligent cities of the future will be massively robotic, with algorithms dominating people. Hence the need for more citizen engagement in designing the digital revolution of their urban spaces

Greece is first Balkan country to announce a coal phase-out date. The revolution has already started in Western Macedonia
Ecocities
Greece is first Balkan country to announce a coal phase-out date. The revolution has already started in Western Macedonia

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis surprised the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York by announcing the end of the use of coal by 2028 and the dismantling of plants. This is our report from Western Macedonia, the leading energy producing area of Greece, where they are analysing viable solutions to replace lignite

Water
Europe set to take flight as a leader in drone services

Harmonising regulations regarding drone manufacturing, safety and operation in the EU is a first step toward creating a true service market. The removal of uncertainty is being welcomed by members of the industry who are hopeful that these rules will set the standard for global drone aviation

Brexit: an opportunity for local food systems?
Food
Brexit: an opportunity for local food systems?

Brexit presents big risks for food supply in the UK, but could it also offer an opportunity for the country to change the way it produces and sells food? Maybe, but only if the government step-ups and takes local food systems seriously

Renaturing cities: good for health and the economy
Biodiversity
Renaturing cities: good for health and the economy

Nature has historically been a ‘blind spot’ for urban planners. Spatial analyst Thami Croeser reveals how many cities are bringing it back into their spaces, with innovative nature-based solutions to tackle the effects of climate change and air pollution

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Mobility
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Society
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Society
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Society
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