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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]

Connecticut Since the Abolition of County Government in 1959

December 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Connecticut and Governance

Most of New England is made up of counties that predate the Declaration of Independence. However, these counties exist largely as geographical regions, with few reminders of their former county governments besides old courthouses, maps, and online administrative forms.[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]

Lagos in 2015: Planning for the Coming Year

December 15, 2014 by Future Cape Town

The Next Year in Lagos

 

It is hard to describe what will transpire in Lagos next year because of the upcoming elections both in Lagos state and across Nigeria, leaving a sense of uncertainty until a new governor is elected. However, there are some elements that hint at priority areas for 2015.[read more]

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Kenya and Informal Communities

In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, Lusaka, and Harare rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were in the crowded former reserves.[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]

These Maps Help to Visualize the World's Urban Growth

December 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mapping the Growth of Cities

We are living in the midst of the urban century. Though it is common knowledge that the world is urbanizing, it can be striking to visualize this growth on a map. For example, how do you show how Asian countries are undergoing a century-long rural to urban migration? These maps show you how.[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]

60 Minutes: Politics of Infrastructure

December 4, 2014 by Rick Rybeck

Politics, Land, and Infrastructure

60 Minutes reported that everyone agrees that US infrastructure needs reinvestment but that nobody agrees about how to fund it. The reasons for this disconnect were not explained nor were solutions. Here I explain the disconnect between the need for infrastructure and the lack of political will for funding.[read more]

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City Resilience and Renaturing are Creeping Up the Agenda

December 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Some of the 35 new Resilient Cities in the Rockefeller Foundation's network.

The ideas of renaturing cities and making them more resilient is gradually creeping up the international agenda. This week it was announced that 35 cities have joined the Rockefeller Foundation's Resilient Cities project, while a successful EU conference in Milan has just finished, which heard many examples of cities throughout Europe that are hosting regeneration projects.[read more]

All Growth is Not Good

December 3, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Growth Measurement and Importance

 

Economic growth has been the most important performance measure for over 70 years. All political colours except the Greens have increasing growth as their aim and leaders at the recent G20 summit made pledges centred on it. Yet this statistic takes no account whatsoever of the costs of achieving growth.[read more]

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Planning for One Planet: A Dialogue for Thought

December 1, 2014 by Luis Rodriguez
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Planning and Dialogue

The reality is that access to opportunity varies depending on where you live. Different regional labor markets offer different types of jobs, and not all pay wages that offer a path out of poverty. Those jobs that do aren’t spread evenly across places, and may not be accessible to low-income workers.[read more]