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World Bank Warns of Severe Threat to Food Supplies from Climate Change

November 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

The increase in droughts with 4° of warming

A new report from the World Bank, 'Turn Down the Heat' is warning that already global warming of around 1.5°C above pre-industrial times is locked into the Earth's atmospheric system, and unless we act now to reduce emissions, warming of probably 4 degrees will occur within our century, and everyone will feel the impact, particularly the poor.[read more]

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New Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas Formed

November 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

In Spanish it's called RAMA.

The metropolitan authorities of South, Central and North America – together containing one third of the population of the Americas – have united in a new network. The Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas will promote understanding and cooperation, and coordinate action up to the landmark UN Habitat III conference in 2016.[read more]

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The Road to One Planet Living Starts Here

November 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

The One Planet Life

The idea of the ecological footprint is a brilliant communication tool for promoting genuinely sustainable living and development and gives rise to the idea of One Planet Living. Read about its potential and power to transform lives and cities, a challenge some are already taking up. And take advantage of a 20% off offer on a new book on the subject![read more]

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WEBCAST: Stéphane Dupas on Making European Cities Low Energy

November 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Stéphane Dupas and the IMAGINE brochure

Stéphane Dupas is the project manager for the project “IMAGINE low energy cities”. In this wide-ranging interview, Stéphane talks about the cities that are involved, eight of them from different European countries. One of the key aims of the project is to engage local people, households and businesses in the mission to gain energy security, to aim at 100% locally-generated renewable electricity and implement energy efficiency measures.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

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678 Green Roofs Counted in Central London – But Are There More?

November 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

The greening of central London

A map has been compiled of all the known green roofs in central London, and discovered almost 700 – but there are probably more. Their estimated total area is 175,000 m², equivalent to around 25 football pitches. Viewers are invited to submit others not already logged to make the map more complete.[read more]

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WEBCAST: Herbert Girardet on Regenerative Cities Part 2

November 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council.

This is the second part of an interview with Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council and author of 11 books on sustainable cities. In this part he discusses the second half of his book Creating Regenerative Cities and explores the concept of Ecopolis, a fictional city which embodies these ideals.[read more]

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WEBCAST: Herbert Girardet on Regenerative Cities Part 1

November 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council

In this first of a two-part interview Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council and lifelong activist for sustainable cities, talks about his new book Creating Regenerative Cities. He discusses the new concept of regenerative cities, the existing state of affairs defined by the idea of Petropolis, and urban metabolism.[read more]

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The Voice of Children in Cities Must Be Heard For the Sake of Our Future

November 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

The four aspects of making cities work for children

The day is fast coming when the majority of the world's children will grow up in cities. Will their living conditions be satisfactory? Will they have to live on the streets and be forced into child labour? Will their important voices be heard? World Visions is working to make sure that it is, and here are their recommendations – together with the real voices of children. Listen to them.[read more]

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It's Road Layouts Not Cyclists Who Are To Blame When They Die

November 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Governors Highway Safety Association is pointing the finger at the wrong people.

If you had seen the headlines in some American newspapers recently you might be forgiven for assuming that bicycle fatalities had risen in several states in recent years and therefore that cycling has become more dangerous. But, as the Alliance for Biking and Walking was quick to point out, the contrary is the case.[read more]

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Using Comics To Communicate Sustainable Cities

November 5, 2014 by David Thorpe

The 4th Future of Cities Forum used cartoonists to log in real time what delegates were debating

Cartoons are a great way to facilitate decision-making, and help the creative process. They reach the places other forms of communication cannot. So all credit to the 4th Future of Cities Forum for using cartoonists to log in real time what delegates were debating and concluding in their workshops last week.[read more]

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The #FutureOfCities Imaging Project Wants Your Photos

November 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Adam Dean: Beijing Subway

Users of this website are invited to participate in the #FutureOfCities social documentary photography initiative, about urbanism. It was launched at last week's #FutureofCities Forum held in Munich. Sustainable Cities Collective was a media partner.[read more]