Tag: Greener Cities

cities and global warming and climate change

Efficiency Boosts Property Values As e-commerce siphons an ever-larger portion of retail sales, what keeps businesses and consumers congregating at shopping malls? For Simon Property Group, the largest real estate company in the world with approximately 326 retail properties in North America and Asia, at least part of the answer is tied its innovative sustainability […]

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Smart Zones Promote Efficiency Since its founding, the U.S. has seen its population steadily move from rural to urban environments: the 1790 U.S. Census reported a 95 percent rural to 5 percent urban ratio, the 1890 U.S. Census, a 28 percent to 72 percent ratio, the 2010 U.S. Census, a 20 percent to 80 percent ratio. […]

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Resiliency Essential For Cities The world is facing huge challenges to build cities that will meet the needs of 9 billion people by 2050 while ensuring the protection of the environment. That’s what Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in Nairobi, Kenya during the launch of a new study on […]

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Sustainable, Resilient Cities “To date, the trend towards urbanization has been accompanied by increased pressure on the environment and growing numbers of urban poor,” said the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, at the launch of the report in Nairobi, Kenya. “But unique opportunities exist for cities to lead the greening of the […]

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Divine Energy The newspaper Osservatore Romano reported that with the completion of the giant solar panels in the state, “the Vatican has reached a small record in solar energy power production per capita: 200 watts at peak times [… ]per inhabitant, compared to 80 in Germany, the world leader in this field.” As Vatican City […]

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The Green Metropolis This book looks at the rise of urban sustainability in America, using specific case studies. Matthew Slavin first defines different aspects of the terms sustainability. He then goes about explaining the rise of sustainability with many examples from cities like Portland, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Washington DC, San Francisco, Honolulu, Philadelphia, and New York […]

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Sustainable, Resilient Cities In the international alliance to fight climate change, the United States is considered the sullen loner. But in the seven years since it rejected Kyoto, changes have begun. Not at the federal level, however. It’s the locals who are making it happen. In everything from emissions control to environmental stewardship, cities across […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Africa Urbanizing Faster Than Any Continent If global development priorities are not reassessed to account for massive urban poverty, more than 1.1 billion people projected to join the world’s population between now and 2030 may live in underserviced slums, according to State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future, released today by the Worldwatch Institute. […]

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