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Europe Sets 40% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for 2030

October 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission, at the summit.

European leaders have set binding targets of at least 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, 27% for the share of renewable energy consumed, and an indicative target of 27% for improving energy efficiency.[read more]

Cheating Demographic Doom: Pittsburgh Exceptionalism and Japan's Surprising Economic Resilience

October 24, 2014 by Jim Russell

Demographic Doom and Risk

Pittsburgh holds the dubious distinction of having the lowest share (10.8 percent) of children among the 52 largest metros. Imagine this cohort aging in place, no one leaving or arriving. Without the benefit of migration, Pittsburgh will become the smallest of the big metros.[read more]

Portland, a Global Model of Transit-Oriented Development [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Portland Transit Oriented Development

Portland, the largest city in Oregon with over 600,000 inhabitants has become a global model of transit-oriented development. Peter Calthorpe, a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism was one of the original pioneers of transit-oriented development.[read more]

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100 Cities Sign UP for Climate Change Adaptation Program

October 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mayors Adapt is the name of this game 

The first pan-European initiative to support cities in leading the way on adaptation to climate change saw 100 cities be recognised at the Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony in Brussels last week attended by high-level representatives.An Urban Adaptation Support Tool was launched that any city may use.[read more]

10 Agriculture Jobs That Didn’t Exist 25 Years Ago

October 23, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Agriculture Jobs

What we as a nation define as “agriculture” is morphing and expanding to reflect the changing landscape of American industry. So here are ten new agriculture and food-sector jobs and employment positions that didn’t actually exist twenty-five years ago.[read more]

Fighting for 'Mini-Hollands' in Outer London: 5 Things We Can Learn From Walthamstow

October 23, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Better Biking in Outer London

Recently, we've been focusing on the fight to ensure London's "Crossrail for Bikes" get built. But these are not the only important plans currently under consideration. Today we hear about Walthamstow's "Mini-Holland" proposals, and what the struggle to get them implemented can teach other campaigners.[read more]

Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

October 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Seattle Shrinking?

Consider me a proponent of the micro-housing movement in Seattle. I support the anti-materialist aesthetic. Live where you want to live. Be willing to give up square footage to accomplish that goal. Unintentionally, this emergent residential pattern is commensal with the shifting economic geography of tech firms.[read more]

Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities

October 22, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Cities and Connections

The aim of ecologists and scientists to strengthen the capacity of the city to connect nature within and across it, and is the same instinct that those of us who focus on the physical shape and function of city have: to enable connectivity than enhances the overall function of the whole.[read more]

'Citizens United' is Hurting Local Government in the US. But There's Hope

October 22, 2014 by This Big City

Citizens United and Local Governance

Recently, a study was released that examined the effect of the Citizens United supreme court ruling on state and local governments. This decision, handed down in January 2010, has become infamous in US national politics for opening elections to huge donations from wealthy donors.[read more]

Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

Speeding in Paradise: Contradictions Abound at Rio de Janeiro's Beachfront

October 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Beachfront Traffic

Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the busy Avenida Vieira Souto before they can settle in on their beach towel.[read more]

Hot Pink Paper Campaign Aims to Make Cities Work for Women and Girls

October 21, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Women and Cities

When considering who represents the marginalized in cities, we are arguably more likely to think of senior citizens, people with disabilities - even cyclists - before women and girls. An organization called Women Transforming Cities is raising awareness of issues for women and girls living in cities.[read more]