Cities
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How are cities responding to extreme weather?

Weather events are becoming more unpredictable, more intense and more damaging, posing huge challenges in both preparing for and recovering from their growing impact, says Jeremy Kelly, Global Director of Cities Research at JLL echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); From extreme heat across southern Europe to the heaviest rainfall on record in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, to flooding in Brazil and cyclones devastating parts of southern Africa, cities face unprecedented physical risks. Continue →
Communication
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Building a 15,000km cable from Australia to Chile

A request for proposals to construct the Humboldt Cable has been issued, which looks to connect with cable systems across Asia and to other countries and territories including New Zealand echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); Desarrollo País and H2 Cable are looking to begin construction of the estimated 15,000 km Humboldt Cable, the first to connect Latin America, the Asia Pacific and Oceania. Continue →




Construction
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Construction activity to fall after reaching peak

A government report shows that construction activity hit its peak following an increase in demand after Covid-19, but is now forecast to drop back to pre-pandemic levels echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published the National Construction Pipeline Report 2023 providing a projection of national building and construction activity for the six years from December 2022 to December 2028. Continue →
Energy
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NZ hydrogen to play key role in Toyota’s decarbonisation efforts

Three exclusive hydrogen initiatives launched in the past six months are supporting Toyota NZ’s carbon neutrality ambition, already stopping tonnes of CO2 being produced echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); Toyota’s hydrogen efforts are focussed on hydrogen opportunities in both mobility solutions and static applications, bringing technology inovations in the hopes to help New Zealand establish a hydrogen economy. Continue →




Environment
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How much of global warming has happened already?

The 2015 Paris Agreement aimed to limit temperature rises to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, but a recent study involving sea sponges suggests we may have already failed echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); Global mean surface temperatures may have already passed 1.5 °C of warming and could exceed 2 °C by the end of the decade, a paper published in Nature Climate Change suggests. Continue →
Local Government
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Public support a user-pays approach to infrastructure

A report by the Infrastructure Commission highlights strong public appetite for funding tools that go beyond rates – particularly usage charging echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); The Infrastructure Commission has released the results of a survey that asked New Zealanders what they think is fair when it comes to paying for infrastructure services like roads, drinking water, and electricity. Continue →




Training & Management
Transport
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Axing Auckland fuel tax highlights lack of long-term transport plan

The premature end of the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax (ARFT) marks the third time in 30 years a National-led government has repealed such a tax, and is a clear example of New Zealand’s lack of direction when it comes to infrastructure, writes the University of Auckland’s Dr Timothy Welch echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); When the National Party announced its plan to scrap the Auckland regional fuel tax at the end of June, it removed a significant source of infrastructure funding for the region. Continue →




Waste Management
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How can AI optimise waste sorting and recycling?

VP Head of Global Sales and Marketing at TOMRA, Fabrizio Radice talks to Waste Management World about how deep learning is transforming the waste sorting and recycling processes, the economic and environmental benefits of smart waste management solutions and how it will shape the industry echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); 1) Can you provide an overview of how smart solutions are transforming waste sorting and recycling processes compared to traditional methods? Continue →
Water
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Councils mulling options after plug pulled on Three Waters Reform

As the government moves to roll out new Local Water Done Well legislation by mid-2025 after repealing the previous government’s Three Waters legislation, the future is uncertain for local councils echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); Future of Northland’s $1.8 billion Three Waters assets under the spotlight By Susan Botting, Local Democracy Reporter Northland Northland’s council wastewater, stormwater and drinking water provision for more than 150,000 people had been in the process of shifting off the books of Whangārei District Council (WDC), Far North District Council (WDC) and Kaipara District Council (KDC) and Auckland Council. Continue →