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3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them
3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them
For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and ...
Insights from Big Data on How COVID-19 Is Changing Society
Insights from Big Data on How COVID-19 Is Changing Society
Between the 1918 flu pandemic and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, our ability to understand the effects of infectious diseases has increased exponentially. Networked personal devices and automated sensors are now ubiquitous, not to mention communications technologies like the internet that ...
Will Mexico Rise to the Zero-Carbon Buildings Challenge?
Will Mexico Rise to the Zero-Carbon Buildings Challenge?
The global battle against climate change will take place in the world’s buildings. Buildings produce nearly 40% of global energy-related emissions. And while the latest research shows the world needs to reach net-zero-carbon emissions by 2050, the concept of a “zero-carbon building” ‒ one ...
6 Lessons on Energy Decarbonization from Countries Leading the Way
6 Lessons on Energy Decarbonization from Countries Leading the Way
Getting to a net-zero-carbon energy system is essential. It will be a major effort, one that requires significant investment in new low-carbon infrastructure, from renewable power plants to electric vehicles, efficient appliances and better constructed buildings. While very few countries are on track, China, Costa ...
Coastal Flooding Impacts Millions of People. Urban Expansion Makes the Risk Worse.
Coastal Flooding Impacts Millions of People. Urban Expansion Makes the Risk Worse.
Among cities with the highest rates of outward expansion are coastal cities that are extremely vulnerable to flooding from sea level rise and storm surges. Map by Resource Watch Urban expansion and sea level rise are combining to increase the ...
Tamil Nadu’s Seasonal Swings in Water Stress: A State with Too Much and Too Little
Tamil Nadu’s Seasonal Swings in Water Stress: A State with Too Much and Too Little
Tamil Nadu state in south India suffers from seasonal extremes in water availability. Sometimes there is too much water, and in other seasons not enough. Chennai, the coastal capital of 10 million people, experienced a “Day Zero” crisis this summer, ...
Heat + Emissions = Dangerous Urban Air Quality
Heat + Emissions = Dangerous Urban Air Quality
Summertime often means soaring, dangerous temperatures. Recent heat waves in Europe brought government warnings, power plant shutdowns, restrictions on automobile use, heat stroke and deaths. But misery in Europe and elsewhere is compounded by the chemistry of how emissions from ...
Better Transport Should Mean Better Access: Assessing Infrastructure Investments in İzmir, Turkey
Better Transport Should Mean Better Access: Assessing Infrastructure Investments in İzmir, Turkey
The previous Map of the Month showed the power of accessibility data – comparing average travel time to different services in Mexico City – as a proxy to understand inequality in cities. But similar analyses can also help us to ...
From Jobs to Education, Inequality in Mexico City Is About Access
From Jobs to Education, Inequality in Mexico City Is About Access
In Mexico City, someone living in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods has 28 times better access to jobs in a 30-minute trip by public transit and walking than someone living in the poorest areas. Twenty-eight times. And this says nothing ...
Mapping the Impacts of Urban Growth: Outward vs. Upward in São Paulo and Addis Ababa
Mapping the Impacts of Urban Growth: Outward vs. Upward in São Paulo and Addis Ababa
Cities can choose how they grow by directing investment and policies in specific ways. Those cities that have more upward growth relative to outward growth, for example, are better able to provide services and opportunities to their residents because development ...
Optimize, Electrify, Decarbonize: The 3 Steps to Thriving, Zero-Carbon Cities
Optimize, Electrify, Decarbonize: The 3 Steps to Thriving, Zero-Carbon Cities
Cities are currently both climate-culprit and climate-victim. They are already responsible for 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and 65 percent of global energy demand; they could easily account for more than three-quarters of electricity use by 2030. ...
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 ...
Can Housing Be Affordable Without Being Efficient?
Can Housing Be Affordable Without Being Efficient?
About 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, will need new housing by 2030. That will require constructing approximately 21 million new homes every year across the world. Several of the fastest-growing countries have ambitious goals to ...
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How to Attract Private Investment to Energy-Efficient Buildings? Follow the 5 “S’s”
The 2017 Sustainable Energy for All Forum kicked off with a stark warning: The world is not on track to reach its 2030 energy goals, including those on efficiency. To speed action, leaders in government and finance will need to ...
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Voices of Efficiency: Cristina Gamboa, Juan Camilo González and Bogotá’s Leadership through Partnership
As Colombia’s capital and largest city, Bogotá has significant local government capacity. However, because of limited experience with implementing efficiency policies, the city lacks technical expertise to implement a new national building energy regulation or otherwise encourage more efficient construction. ...
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