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In Cities’ War Against Climate Change, Heating and Cooling, Transport Are Key Battlegrounds
In Cities’ War Against Climate Change, Heating and Cooling, Transport Are Key Battlegrounds
“If you want to win the climate change battle, it will be fought in the cities of the world,” WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer told participants at a forum on the role of urban areas in the global shift to clean ...
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Solving the Fresh Water Crisis
Solving the Fresh Water Crisis
This article was originally posted on the Pacific Standard. For the past five years, the World Economic Forum has listed water crises among the world’s top global risks, alongside others like “major systemic financial failure” and cyberattacks. Unfortunately, the ranking has proven ...
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23 Chinese Cities Commit to Peak Carbon Emissions by 2030
23 Chinese Cities Commit to Peak Carbon Emissions by 2030
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
Creating “Super-Blocks” in Barcelona
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
Beyond Emissions: 5 Cities Achieve Social and Economic Development by Reducing GHG Emissions from Transport
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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Making Climate Resilience a Core Part of City Development
Making Climate Resilience a Core Part of City Development
As home to more than half the world’s population, cities are some of the places most vulnerable to the impacts of a warmer world. Yet in many ways, they’re still not equipped to deal with the challenges climate change presents. ...
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4 Lessons on Scaling Up Sustainable Transport in US and Chinese Cities
4 Lessons on Scaling Up Sustainable Transport in US and Chinese Cities
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
From Bogota to Belgrade, Cities Commit to Energy-Efficient Buildings
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
Urban Planning “Games”: A Novel Approach to an Old Problem
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 ...