Posts tagged with 'climate change'
How Forests Near and Far Benefit People in Cities
How Forests Near and Far Benefit People in Cities
A New Yorker may not think about the forested Catskills Mountain Range upstate as she pours a glass of water. Londoners probably don’t consider the Amazon rainforest as they watch the rain falling on city parks. And folks in Addis ...
3 Essentials for Integrated Urban Climate Action
3 Essentials for Integrated Urban Climate Action
Cities have never been more engaged on climate action. At the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), more than 1,100 cities representing a quarter of global CO2 emissions signed up to the Cities Race to Zero. In doing so, they committed ...
Can Europe’s Climate City Contracts Shake Up Urban Climate Action?
Can Europe’s Climate City Contracts Shake Up Urban Climate Action?
Think big. Think bold. Think mission to the moon! That’s the goal of the European Commission’s EU Mission program, which aims to package together funding, research and policy changes to deliver “concrete results” on ambitious goals by 2030. These goals ...
Cities Should Account for Trees in their Greenhouse Gas Inventories. New Guidance Shows How
Cities Should Account for Trees in their Greenhouse Gas Inventories. New Guidance Shows How
Responsible for more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, action by cities is clearly crucial to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. An important part of this effort is developing local GHG inventories and climate action ...
Rethinking Urban Climate Research in the Shadow of Climate Breakdown
Rethinking Urban Climate Research in the Shadow of Climate Breakdown
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), composed of hundreds of the world’s leading scientists, puts considerable weight on urban climate action in developing pathways towards sustainable futures. The 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC recognizes that urban areas present ...
How Vitoria-Gasteiz Has Optimized Land Use and Mobility to Save Lives and Fight Climate Change
How Vitoria-Gasteiz Has Optimized Land Use and Mobility to Save Lives and Fight Climate Change
Like many European cities in the 20th century, Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country in Spain, experienced rapid population growth, followed by increased motorization and urban sprawl. What makes Vitoria-Gasteiz stand out is the coordinated action its leaders and community ...
Water Is Key to Our Economic Future: Why Aren’t We Investing in it Like We Should?
Water Is Key to Our Economic Future: Why Aren’t We Investing in it Like We Should?
Water ripples through many sectors of the global economy. Whether companies are in the business of hygiene or hamburgers, phones or pharmaceuticals, they all have water in their supply chain. It takes 12,000 liters of water to produce a single ...
Putting People at the Heart of Integrated Climate Action: Report From the 2022 ICLEI World Congress
Putting People at the Heart of Integrated Climate Action: Report From the 2022 ICLEI World Congress
ICLEI has long recommended that cities take integrated climate action, tackling both mitigation – lowering greenhouse gas emissions to prevent future climate change – and adaptation – preparing to cope with the climate change of today – in a holistic ...
3 Ways US Cities Broke Clean Energy Records in 2021
3 Ways US Cities Broke Clean Energy Records in 2021
As the latest IPCC report notes, cities will play a critical role in climate action over the next decade, and many challenges and opportunities for generating more clean electricity lie ahead. After remaining undaunted in their pursuit of renewables in 2020, U.S. ...
How the U.S. Can Speed its Shift to Climate-Smart Infrastructure
How the U.S. Can Speed its Shift to Climate-Smart Infrastructure
The latest findings from the IPCC paint a grim picture: Despite some signs of progress, the world’s chance of holding global warming to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) is shrinking — and with it, our ability to prevent the most dangerous ...
How to Scale Up Nature-based Solutions for Adaptation
How to Scale Up Nature-based Solutions for Adaptation
The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report highlights the enormous potential of nature to reduce the risks of climate change and build resilience. Political momentum is building for this approach. For example, 137 countries committed in 2021 to collectively end forest loss and land ...
6 Cities and Local Governments Accelerating Zero Carbon Buildings
6 Cities and Local Governments Accelerating Zero Carbon Buildings
While building construction and operations are among the largest contributors to climate change, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions globally, they also remain the most cost-effective climate mitigation solution available. Every $1 invested in efficiency saves $2 in ...
5 Ways to Cut Oil and Gas Use Through Clean Transportation
5 Ways to Cut Oil and Gas Use Through Clean Transportation
There’s never been a better time to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Oil and gas prices are skyrocketing as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon in the United States in March 2022 ...
3 Essentials to Make Climate Action Stick
3 Essentials to Make Climate Action Stick
The last decade was defined by commitments to tackle the climate crisis. It began with a slow trickle and ended in a torrent of countries, cities and companies announcing goals to end deforestation, shift away from coal, transition to electric vehicles and ...
Bringing Actionable Climate Adaptation Data to More Cities
Bringing Actionable Climate Adaptation Data to More Cities
A river runs through it, but drought and fire are among the critical threats facing the city of Vitacura, home to 85,000 people on the periphery of Chile’s capital, Santiago. Five years on from a forest fire and regularly recording ...
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