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Peru's Climate Leaders Awarded over $11 Million for Low-Carbon Urban Transport

December 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Peru Climate Leadership

Peru was recently awarded €9 million ($11.14 million) for its urban transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) by the German and British NAMA facility. This climate finance award will allow the Peruvian government to leverage $50 million from development aid agencies.[read more]

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Living the One Planet Life at the UK's 15 year old Sustainable Community

December 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dream home?

Hockerton housing cooperative is one of the UK's best-known example of one planet living. Five households have been forging a new way of living there for 15 years that is more sustainable than most, and self-sufficient in energy, water, sewage treatment and much food. They also run courses, both online and offline, and accept site visits.[read more]

Each Country Will Make 'National Pledge' to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Emissions Cutting Agreement in Lima

 

Recently, negotiators from nearly 200 countries built further momentum towards a global deal to limit climate change. At a United Nations conference in Lima, Peru, each nation agreed to enact domestic laws to reduce emissions and submit their plans detailing their cuts by March 2015.[read more]

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UK Government is "Undermining Progress Towards the UN's New Sustainable Development Goals"

December 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

How is the UK doing an increasing its resilience and sustainability? Not good, according to a new report from the Environmental Audit Committee, a cross-party group of British MPs, which accuses the government of undermining progress towards the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).[read more]

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More Cities Must Take Unilateral Action on Climate Change

December 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Japan has the largest density of cities pledging climate action.

319 cities have pledged action on climate change at the Lima conference, COP20. Feelings amongst delegates are optimistic for a legally-binding global deal next year in Paris. But total actions so far will not limit global warming to within 2°C. Many more cities therefore need to step up, sidetrack their national governments, and take action on their own.[read more]

Lima's Climate Ambitions

COP 20 and Climate Goals

Lima, the host city of one of the most important international climate conference to date, the COP 20, is not limiting its engagement in the field of climate change to the co-organization of this impressive gathering of climate negotiators and experts.[read more]

Fracking: Can Getting Involved Do Any Good?

December 11, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fracking and Landscape Architecture

Do landscape architects have an ethical obligation to involve themselves in mitigating the impacts of fracking if communities decide to move forward with it?[read more]

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4 Ways to Plan Neighborhoods and Buildings to Minimize Energy Use

December 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Ideal building layout style for hot countries.

Conventional buildings consume much energy for heating and cooling to protect them from the temperature effects of climate and seasons. But some basic thought and planning, in combination with passive solar building design techniques, can help to radically reduce these energy costs.[read more]

Hundreds of Cities Poised to Replicate Rio's Approach to Measuring and Reducing Emissions

December 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Emissions Reductions

In 2011, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20% of its emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. There was only one problem: the city wasn’t sure just how much it was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from.[read more]

Invisible City Life: The Urban Microbiome

December 10, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

The Urban Microbiome

Microbes play a key role in the function of ecosystems. They contribute to biodiversity, nutrient cycling, pollutant detoxification, and human health. Since they control the composition of the gases in the atmosphere, they also play an important role in climate change.[read more]

Three Climate Adaptation Lessons from Brazil's Cities

December 9, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil and Urban Climate Action

Brazil’s cities, home to 85% of the country’s population, are already feeling the effects of climate change. Intense rains and floods in Rio de Janeiro are causing fatal landslides. Temperatures are climbing to record-breaking highs, and cities in the Southeast are facing one of the country’s worst droughts in history.[read more]

Launch Of First Global Standard To Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cities

Today ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) launched the first widely endorsed standard for cities and urban areas to accurately measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.[read more]