Category: Urban Planning

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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Cities Failing On Sustainability Cities around the world are failing to meet the needs of their people, according to the inaugural Sustainable Cities Index. However, on a broad scale that measures people, planet and profit, Frankfurt is the world’s most sustainable city. London is the runner up. The research was conducted by the Centre for Economics and […]

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trees and carbon capture

Green Space Good For Health Studies have shown that natural environments can enhance health. But how much could a tree in the street or a nearby neighborhood park improve our health? Several scientists examined this issue by studying the relationship between health and neighborhood green space. They compared the impacts of trees along streets vs. tree […]

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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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cities and global warming and climate change

Earth Day Every Day 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 planet, too. These […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Air Pollution In New Delhi Worse Than Beijing Air quality in most cities that monitor their air pollution levels exceed what the World Health Organization deems as safe. Delhi has the highest level of the airborne particulate matter, PM2.5 considered most harmful to health, with 153 micrograms. Not far behind is another Indian city, Patna […]

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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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cities and global warming and climate change

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 […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Grants For Cities, Towns The Patrick Administration has announced a grant program to reduce or eliminate risks associated with coastal storms, erosion and sea level rise through natural and nonstructural approaches called green infrastructure. The grants, available to cities, towns and nonprofit groups, are part of the Patrick Administration’s US$50 million investment in climate change initiatives. […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Failure To Prepare Negligent 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 sewers and storm water drains in […]

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