David Ward on Self-Driving Cars: ‘Don’t Put the Autonomous Cart Before the Horse’
David Ward on Self-Driving Cars: ‘Don’t Put the Autonomous Cart Before the Horse’
We can’t help but be enticed by the concept of self-driving cars. What will they look like? How will they change our lives? How will they change our cities? David Ward, secretary general of the Global New Car Assessment Program, ...
3 Issues to Watch at the COP24 Climate Summit
3 Issues to Watch at the COP24 Climate Summit
The UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland (COP24) is seen by many as the most important climate negotiation since 2015, when 196 countries created a vision for a zero-carbon future by adopting the landmark Paris Agreement. This year’s summit is the ...
Better Buildings Mean a Brighter Future: 3 Technologies to Decrease Energy Use
Better Buildings Mean a Brighter Future: 3 Technologies to Decrease Energy Use
Building efficiency is one of the most effective and affordable solutions for addressing climate change and capping carbon emissions. Yet it is so often drowned by discussions of electric vehicles and solar panels. Given that better buildings are a great ...
Here’s What Smoke from California’s Wildfires Looks Like from Space
Here’s What Smoke from California’s Wildfires Looks Like from Space
Several wildfires are still burning through California. The Camp Fire in Northern California has killed at least 48 people and is now the deadliest ever recorded. The fire has burned 130,000 acres near Paradise, 80 miles north of Sacramento. Near Thousand Oaks, Woolsey Fire ...
6 Ways to Move the Global Air Quality Movement Forward in Cities
6 Ways to Move the Global Air Quality Movement Forward in Cities
Solving the world’s air pollution problems is not going to be easy. Ninety-eight percent of cities in low- and middle-income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet World Health Organization air quality guidelines for PM2.5. In total, 95 ...
Achieving Clean Air in Cities
Achieving Clean Air in Cities
The original version of this text appeared in the International Finance Corporation analysis, “Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities.” Air pollution is the world’s fourth-leading fatal health risk and the top environmental health risk. One in nine deaths globally are attributed ...
Stronger Than the Storm: 3 Lessons for Building Climate Resilience in Poor Urban Communities
Stronger Than the Storm: 3 Lessons for Building Climate Resilience in Poor Urban Communities
Climate change affects poor and marginalized communities first and hardest. These effects are happening now – not in a far-fetched future. Particularly in cities, a lack of access to basic services, a long history of unsustainable urban development, and political ...
Nature in the Urban Century: Cities Can Offer Solutions for Biodiversity Loss – If We Act Now
Nature in the Urban Century: Cities Can Offer Solutions for Biodiversity Loss – If We Act Now
This century will be remembered as the urban century. Our generation will witness the most significant urban growth in human history. By 2050, there will be 2.4 billion more people in cities, a rate of urban growth that is the ...
3 Reasons Raahgiri Has Become India’s Urban Movement
3 Reasons Raahgiri Has Become India’s Urban Movement
In too many cities today we see a stark dichotomy. On one side we have enclaves for the rich and powerful, full of luxuries and amenities, and access to the bounties of a globalized world. On the other, there are ...
Unlocking Climate Action: From Bogotá City Hall to the President’s Desk and Back Again
Unlocking Climate Action: From Bogotá City Hall to the President’s Desk and Back Again
Because countries’ commitments are not enough, and cities, local governments and businesses can only do so much to keep climate impacts from reaching the most dangerous levels, we need to strengthen the mutually reinforcing relationship between national and subnational climate action ...