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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 15:28
Thousands of cities can now share local climate data with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) simultaneously, after the two organisations launched a shared reporting platform. The new reporting platform comes just a few months after Cities Today reported that the Global Covenant of Mayors will use a new framework for reporting urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 15:23
The landmark Children’s Health Study tracked thousands of children in California over many years—and transformed our understanding of air pollution’s harms. Across Southern California, in school gyms and libraries and lunchrooms, the children filed in, one by one, to put their lips around a plastic tube and blow with all their might. Thousands of them, year after year, in rich neighborhoods and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 15:09
In crowded cities, poorer neighbourhoods often experience the most noise pollution. But advances in architecture and sound engineering could offer solutions The air on Mint Street is heavy with the clang and clatter of the 08:15 to Liverpool Street station. The east London estate is squeezed into a small space beside a curved train line, and the carriages squeal as they round the bend. All... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 14:42
Seven cities which have incorporated data and evidence in their decision-making processes have been recognised by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The What Works Cities certification, a US standard of excellence in city governance, identified Kansas City, Louisville, Washington DC, Memphis, Philadelphia, Scottsdale and Arlington as cities that are using data and evidence to solve local issues and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:37
To confront climate change, we need to make the most of the buildings we already have. By all appearances, American cities are becoming greener than ever before. Sustainable design has gone mainstream, LEED-certified buildings are commonplace, and redeveloped downtown districts — complete with new bike lanes, buses, and light rail — make a low-carbon lifestyle ever-more attractive. But is all of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:28
Cities are challenging their invisibility in global governance structures, like the United Nations, by forging new alliances to influence international policy. When Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Agreement—the pact between 195 nations (nearly all the world’s nations) to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions—the mayors of Paris, France,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:19
In Australia, urban local governments are striving to earn their stripes as ‘smart cities,’ however, innovative practices don’t emerge simply because a council sets a vision and a series of ambitious and well-intentioned goals. For many councils, the very processes that define local government can be the greatest inhibitors, and the road to innovation can become a long journey of slow change. At... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:15
Dysfunctional systems will continue frustrating our quest for building future cities in Kenya. And this explains largely the reluctance by Kenyans to adopt such government plans as the housing policy for public servants, because many times, public-led programmes either lack or ignore proper planning. Our cities are facing huge planning challenges, and many are barely able to support a decent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:12
The impacts of climate change are already being felt across the Pacific, considered to be one of the world’s most-at-risk regions. Small island developing states are mandated extra support under the Paris Agreement. Many are classified as least developed countries, allowing them special access to development funding and loans. Analysis of climate change adaptation projects in the Pacific shows... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 13:37
The built environment currently accounts for 40 percent of the world’s energy use, meaning buildings and cities have the potential to make the biggest impact in reducing carbon emissions globally. Climate reports over the last six months have made clear that time isn’t on our side. Climate change is not something that is going to happen far into the future–it is happening now. The research shows... Read more