New Resources Help Leaders Plan Sustainable Cities

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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

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

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

Massachusetts Investing $50 Million To Defend Coastlines From Rising Sea Level

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Grants Available To 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

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

UN Climate Report Charts Ways To Fight Global Warming

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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  range from planting more trees to relying much more on nuclear power. “This report is

Green Spaces Can Improve Mental Health and Productivity

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Green Is Good For Communities and Companies Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. Analyzing data that followed people over a five year period, the research has found that moving to a greener area not

UN Asked To Make Sustainable Cities A Priority

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Sustainable Cities Critical In Fight Against Climate Change As chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji has called on world leaders to give urgent attention to the sustainability of cities. The message was relayed to world leaders at the United Nations in New York by Fiji’s Ambassador Peter Thomson in his address at the

Transforming Cities A Matter Of Survival For Millions

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Can Sustainability Movement Outrun Climate Change? By Rob Garris, Director for Bellagio Programs, Rockefeller Foundation Leading figures from governments, civil society, and corporations from around the globe gathered in August 2013 at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center to imagine a different kind of future for the world’s cities. In a series called “Visionaries Unbound,” we have partnered with

U.N. Launches Green Climate Fund With Little Support From Rich Nations

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Event Underscores Urgency Of Climate Change, Resiliency The Green Climate Fund, designed as the United Nations’ most important funding body in the battle on climate change in developing nations, launched its headquarters on Wednesday in South Korea, but uncertainty over finances clouded the event. The launch was largely symbolic, as the Fund, set up by