Category: Sustainable Cities

cities and global warming and climate change

Greener Cities Essential The battle against global warming and climate change will be won or lost in our cities. Cities are the capitals of consumption and power. To promote greener cities, the Urban Sustainability Framework (USF), launched by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), serves as a guide for cities seeking to enhance their sustainability. Launched at the […]

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Threats Rising Due To Climate Change By Michael Kimmelman, New York Times With climate change, the Java Sea is rising and weather here is becoming more extreme. Earlier this month another freakish storm briefly turned Jakarta’s streets into rivers and brought this vast area of nearly 30 million residents to a virtual halt. One local […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Economic Incentives Off Target Dealing with climate change and its risks will require not only technical responses like drought-resilient crops and higher seawalls but also reshaping economic and political incentives that are driving global warming, scientists said on Wednesday. “The biggest risk of all that we face is that we’re addressing the wrong problem,” University […]

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Focus On Sustainability, Clean Energy The Green Climate Fund is finally getting some legs. The big question now is what direction it will pursue. Local ownership, sustainability and a firm commitment to clean energy are a few of the apparent priorities. “The GCF board is aiming to have at least a few projects in the pipeline […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Earth Day Every Day In Green 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 […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Resources Help Urban Planners  The World Resources Institute and Johnson Controls have launched an initiative that brings together their policy and technical expertise to help rapidly growing cities in developing countries plan a low-carbon infrastructure to promote sustainability and fight climate change. Non-profit policy research organization World Resources Institute (WRI) and building energy systems firm […]

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Political Momentum For Local Change 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 coastlines, maintain […]

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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 […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

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 commuting from their homes in city […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Cities Must Be Resilient To Weather Global Warming The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) mitigation report, released Sunday in Berlin, explores some 1,200 scenarios to avert the worsening effects of global warming by 2100. The proposals  range from planting more trees to relying much more on nuclear power. “This report is a wake-up call about global […]

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