Let’s start with a little quiz. Grab a piece of paper and pencil.   What’s the share of legal immigrants in the US population? (or you can choose the Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden or France).  A…

Markus Goldstein |

Two years ago,  more than 180 countries gathered in Paris to sign a landmark climate agreement to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. Tomorrow, on December 12, 2017, exactly…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Sameh Wahba |

​Today, a quarter of the world’s population lives in urban “agglomerations”—supersized metropolitan areas that cut across jurisdictional boundaries and bring together one or more cities along with…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Philip E. Karp, Maria Angelica Sotomayor |

The Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, France. Photo Credit: Ben Sutherland via Flickr Creative Commons In June 2016, nearly 2.5 million enthusiastic spectators gathered in France to attend the Euro…

François Bergere |

Also available in: Spanish Kolkata West International City, India. Credits: IFC With the passing of the historic climate change agreement in Paris, the buildings sector, which accounts for 32…

Marcene D. Broadwater |

Omer Karasapan crunches the latest ranking of global cities to see how urban centers in the Middle East and North Africa region are faring. 

Omer Karasapan |

Hurricane Sandy / NOAA In addition to their often devastating human toll, natural disasters can have an extremely adverse economic impact on countries. Disasters can be particularly calamitous for…

Michael Bennett |

Buried under the most snow since records have been kept, as we are right now in Washington, the mind turns naturally to the effects of  extreme weather events. Clearly the impacts for those of us…

Julia Bucknall |