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Accelerating America’s Pledge: How U.S. States, Cities and Businesses Can Deliver Ambitious Climate Action

Mon, 2019-12-09 20:45
There’s been a dramatic groundswell of “bottom-up” climate leadership from U.S. states, cities and businesses in the face of a federal retreat on climate action. From state legislation mandating cleaner electricity sources to city policies encouraging all-electric buildings, these local ...

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CO2 Emissions Climb to an All-Time High (Again) in 2019: 6 Takeaways from the Latest Climate Data

Thu, 2019-12-05 14:13
Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are on track to again climb to a record high in 2019, according to a new report from the Global Carbon Project, putting the world at risk of catastrophic climate change due to these heat-trapping gases. ...

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How Countries Can Step Up Climate Pledges Through Action in 4 Key Sectors

Tue, 2019-12-03 21:37
Every year for the past decade, scientists have come together to measure the gap between where greenhouse gas emissions are headed under current climate pledges, and where they need to be in order to limit global warming to the levels ...

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Chile’s Protests Offer Lessons on Social Inequality and Climate Action

Mon, 2019-12-02 22:12
Chile withdrew as host of this year’s UN climate conference amid widespread unrest, but that doesn’t mean that fighting climate change should be pushed into second place behind addressing social inequality. On the contrary, the situation in Chile shows all countries that the social and climate ...

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12 Reasons Climate Action Is Good for the United States Economy

Wed, 2019-11-27 22:47
The United States is the only nation that doesn’t show up in the list of countries currently committed to the Paris Agreement. But that doesn’t mean most Americans aren’t trying to do their part. In fact, U.S. states, cities and ...

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4 Priorities for the COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid

Tue, 2019-11-26 01:14
It has been a tumultuous time for the UN climate talks. The mass protests against social inequality in Chile prompted the country to give up its plan to host COP25 just a month before the annual talks were scheduled to begin in December. But ...

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4 Emerging Ways to Pair Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy

Fri, 2019-11-22 20:16
Today, transportation accounts for almost 30% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. The good news is that passenger vehicles in the U.S. are electrifying at an unprecedented rate. In 2018, one million electric vehicles (EVs) were on the ...

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To Clean Delhi’s Air, Reform Its Transport System

Thu, 2019-11-21 03:24
Over the past few years, around the time when Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights and India’s biggest holiday – ends and winter sets in, Delhi’s air quality has plummeted to dangerous levels, initiating a series of debates and ...

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Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?

Thu, 2019-11-14 22:39
The fundamentals of urban mobility are changing rapidly. Apps like Uber and Lyft are becoming ubiquitous around the world and new modes like electric and shared bicycles and scooters are on the rise. The conversation is increasingly trending toward mobility ...

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To Fix City Slums, Don’t Just Knock Them Down: Involve Residents in Upgrading Efforts

Wed, 2019-11-13 19:30
Many cities, particularly in the global South, have large areas of informal settlements ‒ poor neighborhoods that grew organically, but which often lack structurally sound buildings and services like running water, sanitation and waste management. The traditional approach to upgrading ...

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How California Can Use Electric Vehicles to Keep the Lights On

Thu, 2019-11-07 14:13
In 2016, the U.S. Air Force offered a vision of the future for the transportation and energy sectors when the Los Angeles Air Force Base became the first federal facility to replace its entire ground vehicle fleet with plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). ...

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Our Poor Understanding of Urban Innovation Is Holding Cities Back

Wed, 2019-11-06 14:13
Innovation in cities has alleviated poverty, reduced wasteful resource consumption and achieved incredible economic outcomes. It’s part of the secret sauce that has led to the primacy of cities in today’s world, with urban areas accounting for 67% of global ...

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Responding to Day Zero Equitably: Water Crisis Lessons from Cape Town and Chennai

Tue, 2019-11-05 14:13
When Cape Town, South Africa, and Chennai, India nearly ran out of water, these two cities managed to avert Day Zero with solutions that were creative and effective but far from perfect. In Cape Town, there were mile-long queues of people waiting for hours for water. ...

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Buildings Are an Ideal But Overlooked Climate Solution

Mon, 2019-11-04 20:30
In her speech before the United Nations in September 2019, Greta Thunberg called out the assembled world leaders for their stubborn adherence to the status quo in the face of an escalating climate crisis. “How dare you pretend that this ...

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What Chile’s Protests Reveal About the Country’s Transport Inequalities

Sat, 2019-11-02 02:00
At least 17 people have been killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands arrested in what is Chile’s most severe period of civil unrest in years. While President Sebastian Piñera reversed the Santiago Metro fare hikes that initially triggered outcry, protests ...

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Tamil Nadu’s Seasonal Swings in Water Stress: A State with Too Much and Too Little

Fri, 2019-11-01 01:52
Tamil Nadu state in south India suffers from seasonal extremes in water availability. Sometimes there is too much water, and in other seasons not enough. Chennai, the coastal capital of 10 million people, experienced a “Day Zero” crisis this summer, ...

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Red Alert: 3 Strategies for Reducing Toxic Ozone Pollution

Wed, 2019-10-30 19:55
High up in the stratosphere, naturally occurring ozone reflects solar radiation back into space, protecting people and the planet from harmful ultraviolet rays. But closer to Earth’s surface, rising ozone levels – formed when pollutants from a wide range of sources react ...

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Buildings Are a Hidden Source of Indian Cities’ Extreme Heat

Tue, 2019-10-29 20:44
India is ground zero for extreme heat. More than 6,100 people have died from heat events since 2010. Half of the country reeled under severe heat waves this summer, when temperatures reached over 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit) in many places. The urban ...

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Going Dutch: 3 Key Lessons to Spur Biking in Your City

Mon, 2019-10-28 21:39
For many, the first thought that comes to mind about the Netherlands is crowded bicycle racks and bike-savvy commuters. The country has set the global standard for good practices in bike policy, infrastructure and engagement to make cycling a safe ...

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What’s in a Question? Finding Innovative Solutions for Air Pollution

Fri, 2019-10-25 20:15
We know that air pollution is a big problem – for health, climate, food security and more. But there’s a difference between generally knowing that “we need to do something” and actually marshalling the allies, resources and power to act. Before we ...

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