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[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:13
These past few days have seen a flurry of rallies, meetings, confabs and big-ticket speeches to coincide with the United Nations’ climate summit. In New York, 300,000 marched for action. Political leaders from around the world have called for action. And cities are taking action: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that his city would decrease its greenhouse gas emissions to 80... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 - 08:46
Unless you’ve been living in a hole for the past five years, you’ll probably know that the world’s cities are getting bigger. Half the world’s population currently lives in them; by 2050, demographers predict it’ll be 70 per cent. Some of those additional 20 per cent will live in new cities, created to meet the insatiable demand for an urban lifestyle. Sometimes, that’ll mean cities expanding;... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:10
Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong. But really, we should be thanking him. In his article, he neatly sums up many of the key myths emerging from the anti-urbanism set, making my job of debunking these... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:01
Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the winners of the City Climate Leadership Awards 2014 at a ceremony held on Monday night in New York City. The Awards honor cities all over the world for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. The winning cities are: Amsterdam (Finance & Economic Development) Barcelona (... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 08:41
Four global transport initiatives announced at the United Nations Climate Summit today aim to put the transport sector on a new track towards a low-carbon future and save trillions of dollars in fuel costs in the process. According to a statement, these and other initiatives announced at Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit, strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a host of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 08:12
Around 10 miles from downtown Abu Dhabi, something is very slowly rising from the desert. Masdar City, designed by British architectural firm Foster and Partners and subsidised with billions of dollars from the Emirate’s government, is an attempt to create a completely carbon-neutral city. And a recent piece on the Smithsonian’s website makes the results so far sound pretty impressive: "Nearly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:06
At least 55 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in flash floods and mudslides in India's northeast after days of heavy rain, local authorities said Wednesday. The chief minister of the northeastern state of Meghalaya, where 35 people have died, said the floods were the worst in recent memory, and bad weather was hampering the rescue effort. "So far, 35 people have died in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 09:54
Along with a new metro, Saigon has launched a project to build a $155 million, 6-line bus rapid transit (BRT) system, with the first to be completed by 2018. The BRT system is part of the “HCMC Green Traffic – Ideas and Basic Designs,” a project that was introduced at a seminar held on Tuesday by the HCMC Urban Civil Works Construction Investment Management Authority (UCCI), reports Tuoi Tre.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 09:47
London won two of the eleven awards on offer at last night’s C40 City Climate Leadership Awards, which took place at the Manhattan Centre in New York London was recognised in two categories: Air Quality, for its new taxi scheme to incentivise the use of electric and hybrid vehicles; and Carbon Measurement & Planning, for its innovation in measuring production as well as consumption-based... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:20
According to CBS News there were 300,000. Marching, Singing, waving banners, taking over the whole of downtown Manhattan. They included New York City mayor Bill deBlasio, United Nations Secretary-generalBan Ki-moon, politicians, actors and thousands of others. Around the world, a total of 580,000 were estimated to have participated in demonstrations in 2,000 citiesyesterday. As one marcher in... Read more