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Avenue of Possibility: Washington Celebrates Its First Open Streets Day

Fri, 2019-10-18 13:13
If asked what they were planning for Saturday afternoon, most residents of American cities wouldn’t say dancing in the middle of the street. Yet on October 5, that’s exactly what many did during Washington’s first ever Open Streets Day, which ...

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Meet the Startups Helping India’s Cities Save Water, Reduce Energy and Better Manage Waste

Wed, 2019-10-16 22:07
As cities across India contend with rapid outward expansion and growth, critical urban services are lagging behind, impacting long-term environmental sustainability, public health and quality of life. Rapid urbanization and the realities of climate change require the implementation of solutions ...

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In Gorakhpur, India, Citizens Use Nature to Rein in Floods

Wed, 2019-10-09 20:00
Monsoon season has always brought torrential downpours to Gorakhpur, India, but the city has seen record-breaking rainfall in the last few years. Residents of the northern Indian city often find their streets submerged in water, their houses waterlogged. Stagnant floodwaters ...

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8 Principles to Better Sidewalks

Tue, 2019-10-08 13:13
Walking is the oldest, most democratic way to get around. But as urban areas have become more sprawled, walking has slowly been suffocated by other modes of transport that are less healthy for both people and cities. Wide, congested roads ...

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Lumber Salvaged from Baltimore’s Row Houses and City Trees Creates Jobs and Cuts Wood Waste

Sat, 2019-10-05 02:21
Baltimore, like many post-industrial cities, confronts novel challenges. Once the sixth largest city in the U.S., Baltimore’s population has contracted by more than a third, resulting from a complex suite of factors including job loss, economic decline, and discriminatory policies or housing and lending practices. It’s ...

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PODCAST: Amid Increasingly Dangerous Streets, India Passes Cutting-Edge Road Safety Law

Wed, 2019-10-02 19:22
India’s national government is taking the most significant steps in years to make it safer to drive and walk in the country. More people and more cars in India’s fast-growing cities mean higher chances of deadly crashes and life-altering injuries. ...

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5 Maps Show How Moving Indonesia’s Capital Could Impact the Environment

Tue, 2019-10-01 20:44
In late August, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that he will move the country’s capital to another island. The current capital of Jakarta is located on Java, the most populated island in the world. President Widodo’s motivation for moving is ...

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What Does “Net-Zero Emissions” Mean? 6 Common Questions, Answered

Sat, 2019-09-28 02:18
The latest research is clear: To avoid the worst climate impacts, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will not only need to drop by half in the next 10 years, they will then have to reach net-zero around mid-century. Recognizing this ...

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Bogotá’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan Is Saving Lives

Thu, 2019-09-26 13:13
Bogotá will soon have a new mayor, but new data suggests one of the current administration’s major policy priorities – making the streets safer for pedestrians and drivers – should be continued. Bogotá’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, launched in ...

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Zero Carbon Buildings, Accelerating Adaptation, National Leadership at UN Climate Action Summit

Tue, 2019-09-24 23:41
The UN Climate Action Summit in New York this week saw strengthened national climate commitments from 67 countries, but a disappointing showing from the world’s major economies. As national governments fall short, cities must continue to be climate champions. Indeed, ...

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Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity

Thu, 2019-09-19 21:39
The world is facing a climate emergency, forcing us all to rethink the best way to spend resources, create jobs and improve quality of life for all. In these critical times, cities offer one of the biggest opportunities. With most ...

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The 3 Key Tasks for World Leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit

Wed, 2019-09-18 20:05
World leaders will soon gather in New York City for a summit on an urgent challenge that affects every aspect of our lives, from the economy to jobs, security and migration and our health. It is, of course, the climate crisis. The tens of thousands of fires recently afflicting the ...

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China is Investing $13 Trillion in Construction. Will It Pursue Zero Carbon Buildings?

Tue, 2019-09-17 21:30
China is in the midst of a construction mega-boom. The country has the largest buildings market in the world, making up 20% oconstruction investment$13 trillion on buildings by 2030 This unprecedented level of construction has tremendous implications ‒ not just ...

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How Are Cities Managing Disruption? 5 Ways Brazilian Cities Are Regulating Electric Scooters

Mon, 2019-09-16 22:49
Market disruptions like shared electric scooters can be great for cities, getting people out of their private cars and enhancing connectivity and accessibility. But while e-scooters offer a practical and sustainable new form of transportation, they also bring concerns for ...

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Heat + Emissions = Dangerous Urban Air Quality

Thu, 2019-09-12 09:31
Summertime often means soaring, dangerous temperatures. Recent heat waves in Europe brought government warnings, power plant shutdowns, restrictions on automobile use, heat stroke and deaths. But misery in Europe and elsewhere is compounded by the chemistry of how emissions from ...

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Hainan Bans All Fossil Fuel Vehicles. What Does it Mean for Clean Transport in China?

Wed, 2019-09-11 19:49
In March, China’s southern island province of Hainan became the first in the country to set a date by which all sales of internal combustion engine vehicles are to be ended. Hainan’s Clean Energy Vehicle Development Plan sets out a ...

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Reshaping Public Policy Can Solve the Housing Affordability Crisis in U.S. Cities

Mon, 2019-09-09 21:00
We’re living in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. Demand for apartments and condos continues to outpace supply in most urban cores. Upward pressure on asking rents is displacing low-income renters to nearby communities and middle-income renters are starting ...

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Is it Worth it to Go Electric? New Tool Helps Cities Understand Costs & Benefits of Clean Buses

Thu, 2019-09-05 13:13
Buses are one of the major sources of emissions in many cities, and they are undergoing a quiet revolution. A confluence of improved technology and increasing demand, driven by air pollution that is getting harder to ignore and more stringent ...

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Despite Challenges, Virginia Cities Envision a Bold Clean Energy Future

Mon, 2019-09-02 13:13
U.S. solar power is booming, poised to grow 12% nationally this year, but so far, Virginia hasn’t been a big part of the boom. With only 775 megawatts of installed solar capacity, solar represents about 1% of Virginia’s electricity consumption. That’s enough to power ...

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Finance for Urban Climate Action Remains Low. How Can Cities Bridge the Gap?

Fri, 2019-08-30 13:13
Due to historic levels of urbanization, cities have become focal points for creating a more sustainable world. Cities currently account for 80% of global GDP, 70% of emissions, and two-thirds of total energy consumption. The urgent need for climate action ...

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