Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
How Can Cities Avoid Carbon Lock-in?
How Can Cities Avoid Carbon Lock-in?
Cities have proven themselves to be necessary in combating climate change; however, the current trajectory for urban growth is still an unsustainable path and carbon emissions are already expected to surpass thresholds considered acceptable. One of the largest problems is ...
Why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Need Cities to Succeed
Why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Need Cities to Succeed
Last September, New York was filled with optimism as heads of state and government officials adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (25-27 September, 2015). Members of the urban development community also met in ...
Smog One Day, Blue Skies the Next: Beijing Gets a Breath of Fresh Air
Smog One Day, Blue Skies the Next: Beijing Gets a Breath of Fresh Air
For the first time in a long time, the color of Beijing’s sky was a perfect azure blue. From August 20 to September 3, the city’s clear sky offered a breath of fresh air for residents, and gave many a ...
Obama Speech UN
President Obama’s Challenge to Cities: An Opportunity for Global Climate Action
Yesterday, the number of US cities pledging to reduce emissions with the Compact of Mayors nearly doubled. With 19 cities in the U.S. already signed onto the Compact—a global coalition of mayors dedicated to climate action—this most recent move brings the ...
Reforming Transport in Cities: Cleaner Air, Fewer Emissions
Reforming Transport in Cities: Cleaner Air, Fewer Emissions
3.7 million people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this is the number of individuals who die each year due to air pollution. At this rate, simple math dictates that more than 120 million people will die because of outdoor ...
How the World's Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change
How the World's Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change
Though our planet is home to one hundred and ninety independent nations, the UN Climate Conference in Paris this December reminds us that all countries share a single, collective future. Indeed, in order to keep the global temperature rise from ...