Category: Sustainable Cities

Threats Rising Due To Climate Change, Development 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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Smart Solutions For Sustainable Cities The Middle East’s premier smart cities event will take place April 13 and 14, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar. In its 4th year running, the event will attract over 300 senior level executives to discuss progress, efficient management of resources, future developments and ways of making future cities […]

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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 […]

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Resources Help Urban Planners, Policy Makers Coordinate Visions  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 […]

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Need Policies To Stop Urban Deforestation, Promote Reforestation A multi-state team from universities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland are working to advance the profession of urban forestry. The team led by researchers at Virginia Tech has launched Urban Forestry 2020. The project aims to examine the challenges faced by the urban forestry profession and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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