Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
Catadores—Fortaleza, Brazil's waste pickers—are helping the city reuse its waste and avoid landfill expansion, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Louis Vasconcelos/Flickr.
Fortaleza, Brazil shows why waste matters for sustainable urban development
In 2002, Brazil produced 60,000 metric tons of waste per day, 76 percent of which was disposed of in landfills with no long-term management or water treatment. In response to growing challenges with waste production and trash dumping, the country ...
Buildings are Mexico City's number one source of greenhouse gas emissions and the focus of a new partnership to improve energy efficiency and create a more sustainable, competitive city. Photo by Alejandro Mejia Greene/Flickr.
Building a more competitive Mexico City through energy efficiency
Buildings are an important part of the sustainability picture for Mexico City. At least 20 percent of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, with growth in coming decades expected to increase energy demand. This means that improving ...
Strengthening resilience in cities like Dhaka, Bangladesh is vital to protecting vulnerable populations from flooding exacerbated by climate change. Photo by Shawn/Flickr.
Should we inch or stride towards urban resilience?
Cities in the 21st century face two monumental shifts: growing urban populations and a rapidly changing climate. As the world’s urban population nears five billion, cities will need to build more infrastructure in the first 30 years of this millennium ...
Situated in Thailand’s expansive Chao Phraya river basin, Bangkok is particularly susceptible to urban damage due to river flooding. Photo by Chrisgel Ryan Cruz/Flickr.
Why cities need to address river flooding now
Cities contribute 70 percent of the world’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and play an essential role in climate change mitigation. However, since average global temperatures are already rising and the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly palpable around the world, ...
Renewable energies and connected, compact cities are the key to unlocking sustainable economic growth for India's urban future. Photo by Binu K S/Flickr.
The two things India must get right for its economic future
Taking even a quick look at India’s current pattern of growth, it’s not hard to see both the rising energy insecurity and the stress that cities across the country are experiencing. Congestion, urban sprawl, and poor access to reliable energy ...
For Bogota’s 15th annual car-free day yesterday, residents had the chance to walk and bike together in their city’s streets to build a year-round culture of sustainable mobility. Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo/Flickr.
Friday Fun: Bogotá, Colombia celebrates its 15th annual car-free day
Yesterday, Bogotá, Colombia celebrated the 15th anniversary of its annual car-free day. Between 5am and 7:30pm, residents left their cars behind and turned to a variety of other modes of transport—a symbolic act that 63 percent of citizens institutionalized through ...
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