The Most Eco-Friendly Cities In The World

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Earth Day Every Day In Sustainable Cities Innovations in technology and environmental friendliness are not mutually exclusive — in fact, the smarter a city is, the more eco-friendly it can (and should) be. Since we’re always talking about the most well-connected smart cities, here is a list of cities that are doing great things for the

Cities In Brazil Cancel Carnival Due To Severe Drought

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Drought Linked To Climate Change, Deforestation Cities in the southeast of Brazil have called off Carnival this year due to a serious drought that has plagued the region for months and shows no signs of abating. Brazil is famous for its Carnival, a week-long street festival where people party day and night, bringing Samba music

Sao Paulo Water Crisis A Symptom Of Deforestation In Amazon

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Another Symptom Of Amazon Destruction, Privatization In Brazil’s biggest city, a record dry season and rising demand for water has led to a punishing drought. It has actually been raining quite heavily over the last few days around Sao Paulo but it has barely made a drop of difference because of climate change. The main

Rockefeller Foundation Seeks Resilient Cities

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Is Your City Resilient The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks to find 100 cities that are ready to build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world. We can’t predict the next disruption or catastrophe. But we can control how we respond to these challenges. We can

U.S. Mayors Pass Climate Change Resolution

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Political Momentum For Change If Nothing Else A bipartisan group of mayors from across the U.S. passed a resolution Monday that green lights projects to tackle climate change. The group approved a resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors event in Dallas that encourages cities to use nature to “protect freshwater supplies, defend the nation’s

Obama Announces Billion-Dollar Climate Change Challenge

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Plan Lacks Substance, Vision Speaking at the commencement ceremony at the University of California Irvine on Saturday, President Barack Obama continued his advocacy to curb carbon emissions by committing $1 billion in competitive funding measures to address the effects of extreme weather, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. “The climate change deniers suggest there’s still

Johannesburg First C40 City To Issue Green Bonds

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Strong Support For Sustainability Projects The City of Johannesburg is proud to announce that today we had a successful auction of the first green bond COJGO1 maturing in 2024. The bond of R1.46 billion is priced at 185 basis points (1.85%) above the R2023 Government Bond, which is very competitive and is a reflection of

Urban Natural Resources Demand Cooperative Governance

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Sustainable Cities Require Inclusive Planning By Harini Nagendra, Bangalore From my office, on the 9th floor of a tall building in an academic campus in Bangalore, I have a birds-eye view of the city’s peri-urban surroundings. To the west, I can see a 6-lane high-speed highway choked by traffic, full of people frenetically commuting from their homes in

Cities Sued By Insurance Company Over Climate Change

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Failure To Prepare For Heavier Rainfall Leads To Landmark Case Last month, Farmers Insurance Co. filed nine class-action lawsuits arguing that local governments in the Chicago area are aware that climate change is leading to heavier rainfall but are failing to prepare accordingly. The suits allege that the localities did not do enough to prepare

Ericsson Announces Collaboration With UN Habitat To Improve Cities

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Sustainable Cities More Livable At the close of its second think-tank event called the Networked Society Forum (NEST), Ericsson announced its commitment to promoting industry-wide collaboration to improve city life.   The theme of NEST was “Reinventing Urban Life,” and for two days, a range of leaders from government, planning, public opinion, and telecommunication, including