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How Should Cities Measure Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

July 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Ensuring consistency, accuracy and transparency

The World Resources Institute, C40 Cities and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, have published their second version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) and are seeking feedback from city officials and climate experts in all related fields.[read more]

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Ten Ways to Manage Flood Risk by Designing for Exceedance

July 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Making space for lots of water

Climate change is bringing extremes of weather, amongst the most damaging of which are extreme downpours of precipitation which overwhelm the ability of urban drainage systems to take the water away, and cause flooding. CIRIA has published a set of design guidelines and best practice recommendations for managing the risks.[read more]

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Water: Rising Above The Law Of Supply And Demand

July 21, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

Water and Supply and Demand

The more people want something, the greater it costs. It applies to everything, from food, to clothing, to real estate and fuel, to top-level positions and even leisure time. It’s the law of supply and demand. It’s a universal rule. Everything is dictated by it; but what about water?[read more]

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How Cities Can Generate Their Own Clean Energy and Create Jobs and Income

July 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Town halls can plug into the clean energy revolution and reap the benefits.

Cities could become the powerhouses of the future, helping to generate much of their own energy, a crucial factor in achieving proper sustainability. New report compares different types of business structure and opportunities for sources of investment and job creation.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

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New Alliance Links Sustainable Food to Solving Obesity Crisis

July 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Square Meal report links Health and Well-Being with Food and Farming Policies

A new alliance of national environmental, nutrition and health groups is calling on local and national governments to show leadership by linking up policies on health and well-being with food and farming policies.[read more]

Can a Home 3D Printer Ever Really Be Green?

July 12, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Green 3D Printing?

3d printing has developed a reputation for being green… but doesn’t necessarily deserve it. Sure, it minimizes some waste, and saves some transportation emissions… but, as currently configured, the energy used to melt plastic filament will likely cancel out any waste reduction on those fronts.[read more]

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207 Global Cities Have Reported Climate Actions and Are Working with Business

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

But do the aims of cities and local business coincide?

Most of the world’s major cities have admitted that climate change presents a physical risk to the businesses operating in their jurisdictions. This "real and current threat" is driving local governments to take concrete action in response, concludes a new report from CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, AECOM and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40).[read more]

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VIDEO: Innovation + Territory Film Sessions: Urban Metabolism

July 8, 2014 by Camilo Prats

A video about urban metabolism and water.

How do you cope in a place where it hasn't rained for 400 years? Innovation + Territory Film Sessions is an incredible effort to create a new educational product for planners interested in research and innovation applied to territory, revealing the hidden metabolism of cities and how it should be sustained.[read more]

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Could Radical Carbon Offsetting be Used to Absorb Atmospheric Carbon?

July 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Building with timber and hemcrete. Courtesy Lime Technologies

Radical carbon offsetting schemes would permit the extraction of fossil fuels providing that an adequate and equivalent amount of carbon was removed from the atmosphere to that which will be released by the fossil fuels' combustion. Fossil fuel companies would finance such schemes for the privilege of taking carbon from the ground.[read more]

Embracing Complexity

July 2, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Choosing Complexity

“It’s going to unbearable outside in the southern half of the U.S. by the end of the century,” said Harriet Tregoning, director of the office of economic resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, at a lecture on Rebuild by Design at the National Building Museum.[read more]