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TheCityFix’s Top 10 Blogs from 2018

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In 2018, we watched cities around the world grapple with the new mobility transition. Shared, electric and autonomous transportation, at the touch of the button, is redefining how people get around. At the same time, the ultimate effect of these ...

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5 Cities Show What Urban Transformation Really Looks Like

Wed, 2018-12-12 14:13
Urbanization is changing the face of the planet – for better and for worse. City populations, GDP and investment are increasing exponentially. At the same time, carbon emissions are rising, more and more people are living in slums, and air pollution ...

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David Ward on Self-Driving Cars: ‘Don’t Put the Autonomous Cart Before the Horse’

Mon, 2018-12-10 14:13
We can’t help but be enticed by the concept of self-driving cars. What will they look like? How will they change our lives? How will they change our cities? David Ward, secretary general of the Global New Car Assessment Program, ...

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Achieving Clean Air in Cities

Fri, 2018-12-07 14:13
The original version of this text appeared in the International Finance Corporation analysis, “Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities.” Air pollution is the world’s fourth-leading fatal health risk and the top environmental health risk. One in nine deaths globally are attributed ...

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3 Issues to Watch at the COP24 Climate Summit

Wed, 2018-12-05 20:03
The UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland (COP24) is seen by many as the most important climate negotiation since 2015, when 196 countries created a vision for a zero-carbon future by adopting the landmark Paris Agreement. This year’s summit is the ...

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Stronger Than the Storm: 3 Lessons for Building Climate Resilience in Poor Urban Communities

Tue, 2018-12-04 20:36
Climate change affects poor and marginalized communities first and hardest. These effects are happening now – not in a far-fetched future. Particularly in cities, a lack of access to basic services, a long history of unsustainable urban development, and political ...

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Better Buildings Means a Brighter Future: 3 Technologies to Decrease Energy Use

Thu, 2018-11-29 14:13
Building efficiency is one of the most effective and affordable solutions for addressing climate change and capping carbon emissions. Yet it is so often drowned by discussions of electric vehicles and solar panels. Given that better buildings are a great ...

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Nature in the Urban Century: Cities Can Offer Solutions for Biodiversity Loss – If We Act Now

Tue, 2018-11-27 14:13
This century will be remembered as the urban century. Our generation will witness the most significant urban growth in human history. By 2050, there will be 2.4 billion more people in cities, a rate of urban growth that is the ...

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Here’s What Smoke from California’s Wildfires Looks Like from Space

Fri, 2018-11-23 19:27
Several wildfires are still burning through California. The Camp Fire in Northern California has killed at least 48 people and is now the deadliest ever recorded. The fire has burned 130,000 acres near Paradise, 80 miles north of Sacramento. Near Thousand Oaks, Woolsey Fire ...

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3 Reasons Raahgiri Has Become India’s Urban Movement

Wed, 2018-11-21 22:38
In too many cities today we see a stark dichotomy. On one side we have enclaves for the rich and powerful, full of luxuries and amenities, and access to the bounties of a globalized world. On the other, there are ...

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6 Ways to Move the Global Air Quality Movement Forward in Cities

Mon, 2018-11-19 14:13
Solving the world’s air pollution problems is not going to be easy. Ninety-eight percent of cities in low- and middle-income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet World Health Organization air quality guidelines for PM2.5. In total, 95 ...

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Unlocking Climate Action: From Bogotá City Hall to the President’s Desk and Back Again

Fri, 2018-11-16 14:13
Because countries’ commitments are not enough, and cities, local governments and businesses can only do so much to keep climate impacts from reaching the most dangerous levels, we need to strengthen the mutually reinforcing relationship between national and subnational climate action ...

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Africa’s Urban Future: The Policy Agenda for National Governments

Wed, 2018-11-14 14:13
Sustainable economic development in sub-Saharan Africa will only be possible if towns and cities across the region thrive. This column highlights the critical role that national governments need to play in guiding the urban transition. National Urban Policies can help ...

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Advancing Innovations for More Efficient Buildings in Indian Cities

Mon, 2018-11-12 14:13
TheCityFix Labs India, launched in Hyderabad on October 8 in partnership with the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative and Citi Foundation, is focused on finding innovative ways to connect India’s rapidly growing urban areas with basic services, like water, waste management and ...

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Can Paratransit Evolve Alongside African Cities?

Fri, 2018-11-09 14:13
Dadalas, donfos, matatus, trotros, car rapides, minibus-taxis – whatever you call the on-demand minivan services that are so ubiquitous in many African cities, you can’t argue with their dominance. Such paratransit systems, as they are known in the transport world, ...

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Curbing Climate Change and Preventing Deaths from Air Pollution Go Hand-in-Hand

Wed, 2018-11-07 14:13
More than 7 million people die prematurely every year due to air pollution. That’s like the entire population of Hong Kong dropping dead due to a cause that’s ultimately avoidable. The World Health Organization (WHO) is turning its attention to ...

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Bridging the Gap Between Climate Adaptation and Equity: TheCityFix Labs Mexico

Mon, 2018-11-05 14:13
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report on the prospects for staying under 1.5 degrees of warming is a call to action and a warning. The world is not on track to limit dangerous temperature rise and its follow-on ...

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IPCC 1.5 Report: Cities Are the Best Chance to Get Climate Right

Wed, 2018-10-31 20:30
Amid the barrage of news about climate-related natural disasters and climate change summits, it’s important to recognize real inflection points—when there is truly cause to sit up and take note. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, released ...

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Putting the Poor First to Improve Sanitation in Kampala

Wed, 2018-10-31 18:30
For decades, Kampala has raced to keep up with its own rapid growth. Set alongside Lake Victoria, the Ugandan capital more than quadrupled in physical footprint between 1991 and 2012 as population doubled to 1.5 million people. One of Kampala’s ...

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Cities Have Metabolisms Too: İzmir and Rotterdam Work to Streamline Resource Use at a Civic Level

Wed, 2018-10-17 13:13
From space, cities can look like microscopic living organisms, with bright nodes of industrial and civic activity connected by circulating routes of traffic and transport. Some cities are taking this analogy to a new level with an “urban metabolic” approach ...

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