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4 Lessons on Scaling Up Sustainable Transport in US and Chinese Cities
Biking in downtown Beijing. Photo credit Benoit Colin/WRI
The world’s two-largest emitters have a lot to learn from each other—especially on transport. Transportation is already a major source of CO2 emissions in both China and the United States—at 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively. The percentage of people traveling by car ...
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From Bogota to Belgrade, Cities Commit to Energy-Efficient Buildings
Belgrade, Serbia committed to new goals in building efficiency. Photo by Andres Arjona/Flickr
Around the world, urban leaders including university presidents, renowned architects, city mayors and financial managers are recognizing the need to manage explosive energy demand growth from rapid urbanization. But changing business-as-usual development is not an easy task. Today, 12 new ...
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Urban Planning “Games”: A Novel Approach to an Old Problem
Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo/Flickr
How do you liven up discussions around urban planning, get participants thinking outside of the box and get people to take a holistic and inclusive approach to community planning? Why not try a game? Games are emerging as a useful ...
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The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”
The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”
An increasingly important actor on India’s urban scene could help reach the ambitious Indian goal of reaching 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022. Meet the urban electricity “prosumer,” a consumer of electricity who also produces it and ...
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What Can We Learn from Thailand’s Inclusive Approach to Upgrading Informal Settlements?
Housing along the canals in Bangkok. Photo by Alex Berger/Flickr
Currently, an estimated one billion people worldwide live in informal settlements where they lack access to basic services and infrastructure and are often threatened with forced eviction. While the overall proportion of the world’s urban population living in informal settlements ...
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23 Chinese Cities Commit to Peak Carbon Emissions by 2030
U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Beijing. Photo credit: Wee Kean Fong
More than half the world’s people live in cities, and cities are responsible for more than 70 percent of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions on Earth. These dramatic statistics mean cities have a critical role to play in addressing climate change. This ...
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Creating “Super-Blocks” in Barcelona
Barcelona's city blocks. Photo by shawnleishman/Flickr
Barcelona is re-designing its streets; city planners released a new plan that takes city spaces back from cars, for the people. Re-orienting the city to the human scale, Barcelona’s leaders have decided to create more space for walking and cycling, ...
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Beyond Emissions: 5 Cities Achieve Social and Economic Development by Reducing GHG Emissions from Transport
Vélib' Bike Station in Paris, France. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr
Low-carbon transport has many social and economic benefits that can accelerate local sustainable development and that deserve recognition beyond their role in addressing climate change. A new series of papers from the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership’s (LEDS GP) ...
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C40 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum & Workshop
Forum location: Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Camila Uchoa
Global leaders in city finance met in Rio de Janeiro on 5 April 2016 for the first-of-its-kind global forum to accelerate the financing of climate action in cities. The C40 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum brought together over 130 representatives from ...
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4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities
Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/Flickr
Urbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of scale, healthier lifestyles ...