Posts tagged with 'climate change'
What the Zika Epidemic Means for Gender and Urban Climate Planning
What the Zika Epidemic Means for Gender and Urban Climate Planning
Almost exactly two years ago, South America was swept up in a public health crisis that affected hundreds of thousands of women. In Brazil, more than 2,600 children were born with microcephaly – an abnormally small head – and other ...
4 Opportunities for U.S. States, Cities and Businesses to Step Up for America’s Pledge
4 Opportunities for U.S. States, Cities and Businesses to Step Up for America’s Pledge
Ultimately, the work on climate change is done on the ground and is up to each of us. That is why America’s Pledge on climate is so important, as former U.S. President Barack Obama told city leaders in Chicago last week at the inaugural Global ...
Photo Essay: In a Global First, Shenzhen Steers Toward 100% Electric Bus Fleet
Photo Essay: In a Global First, Shenzhen Steers Toward 100% Electric Bus Fleet
From a small collection of fishing villages 40 years ago to a metropolis on track for a global milestone, Shenzhen has come further, faster than most cities. Already home to the largest fleet of electric buses in the world – ...
Despite Some Major Bumps, Bonn Climate Summit Got the Job Done
Despite Some Major Bumps, Bonn Climate Summit Got the Job Done
By the time the last gavel came down early in the morning of November 18, international climate negotiators in Bonn paved the way to the next climate summit in Katowice, Poland in 2018. There, the rules underpinning the Paris Agreement ...
Report: Cities and States Pledging Action on Climate Represent More Than Half U.S. Economy
Report: Cities and States Pledging Action on Climate Represent More Than Half U.S. Economy
When President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions out of the Paris Agreement, there was understandable concern. But much of the United States pledged to continue moving forward with climate ...
How Can Countries Make Progress at COP23? Work with Cities
How Can Countries Make Progress at COP23? Work with Cities
At this week’s climate conference in Bonn, Germany, the pressure is on many national governments to continue implementation of the Paris Agreement despite the United States’ intention to withdraw. But they’ll have help from the world’s cities. Bonn is shaping ...
Video: Alain Bertaud on Breaking the Mold for Urban Development, Balancing Climate Goals
Video: Alain Bertaud on Breaking the Mold for Urban Development, Balancing Climate Goals
Cities across the global south are in a bind. As they absorb more residents, providing access to core services like housing and energy – already a challenge – is getting even harder. Policymakers are looking for answers, and Alain Bertaud, ...
Harnessing Tanzania’s Explosive Urbanization Requires Central Support for Local Goals
Harnessing Tanzania’s Explosive Urbanization Requires Central Support for Local Goals
Tanzania is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Its urban population is projected to grow from less than 15 million people in 2012 to more than 60 million people by mid-century. Most of this growth will take place in Dar es Salaam, ...
Opening the Floodgates to a New Climate Economy in Mexico City
Opening the Floodgates to a New Climate Economy in Mexico City
The Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico, as Mexico City’s wider metropolitan area is locally known, faces a two-fold dilemma. In recent years, the intensity of rains has increased, straining drainage systems and causing severe flooding in low-lying areas. ...
Finding Your Place in the Global Urban Movement to Fight Climate Change
Finding Your Place in the Global Urban Movement to Fight Climate Change
For Pittsburgh, it’s a focus on improving air quality and creating renewable energy jobs. For Paris, it’s encouraging social mobility and reclaiming pedestrian areas. The common thread in these cities’ climate action plans is a commitment to pledges made by ...
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After the U.S. Election, Cities Look for Ways to be Great on their Own
What comes next for U.S. cities, now that the 2016 Presidential Election has come to a close? As polls closed on Tuesday, this question quickly came to the forefront for urban planners and city-dwellers, alike. In recent history, cities have been ...
Live from Habitat III: National Policy, Local Empowerment and Climate Change
Live from Habitat III: National Policy, Local Empowerment and Climate Change
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is reporting on Habitat III from Quito, Ecuador. Follow our daily coverage on TheCityFix. Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, officially began on Monday, October 17th in ...
From the Bahamas to the Seychelles, Island Nations Fight Climate Change with Better Buildings
From the Bahamas to the Seychelles, Island Nations Fight Climate Change with Better Buildings
Facing environmental vulnerabilities like increasingly high temperatures, more frequent storm surges and a rising sea level, small island states have long been on the front lines of the fight against climate change. This existential threat has made some of the ...
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. ...
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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