Category Archives: Sustainable Cities

Cities In Brazil Cancel Carnival Due To Severe Drought

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 … Continue reading

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New Resources Help Leaders Plan Sustainable Cities

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 … Continue reading

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Urban Forestry An Emerging Priority For Universities, Cities

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 … Continue reading

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U.S. Mayors Pass Climate Change Resolution

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 … Continue reading

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Obama Announces Billion-Dollar Climate Change Challenge

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, … Continue reading

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Johannesburg First C40 City To Issue Green Bonds

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 … Continue reading

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Urban Natural Resources Demand Cooperative Governance

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 … Continue reading

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Sustainable City Strategists To Meet In Detroit

Meeting Of The Minds Tackles Sustainability Issues, Opportunities Meeting Of The Minds has become a premier global leadership summit focused on creating smarter and more sustainable cities. They will gather again next fall. From September 30-October 2, it will convene a … Continue reading

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UN Climate Report Charts Ways To Fight Global Warming

Cities Must Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Become more 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 … Continue reading

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Sustainable Cities Or More Global Decline?

By Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor of the Secretary General to Timor-Leste.  By the end of this century, ten billion people will inhabit our planet, with 8.5 billion living in cities. This could be the stuff of nightmares. … Continue reading

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