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South Australia Reaches 100% Renewables Electricity Supply If Only For a Day

October 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

South Australia's Sustainable Industries Education Centre.

On the day when the Australian government announced it had reached a deal on curbing climate-warming gas emissions from industry, the state of South Australia provides a glimpse of a renewable energy-powered future for the whole continent.[read more]

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Why Don't Sustainable Technologies Automatically Lead To More Sustainable Lives?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

 Unilever's idea of behaviour change

A new study has found that people use domestic energy-saving systems in unexpected ways – often cancelling out any savings. it's not the first to do so, raising the question: how can we encourage people to lead more sustainable lives? I'm wondering whether it is to do with our beliefs. What do you think?[read more]

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Who'd Have Thought an Insurance Company Could Write a Manifesto on Managing Sustainable Cities?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Street in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy

"We believe sustainability is fundamentally about risk management", says one insurance company. And it's not alone.[read more]

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Cities Should Provide Children with More Opportunities for Play to Counter Health, Social Problems

October 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Play is not only vital, but providing facilities encourages families to move to a city.

An appeal has been made for cities to make more space for children to play in order not just to counter the many health, learning and social problems that are due to today's kids playing less than people's generations, but to make cities themselves more attractive and safe places for young families to move to.[read more]

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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]

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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]

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Indian Industry Think Tank Proposes Improved Government Guidelines on Smart Cities 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]

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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

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Why Are European States Refusing to Eco-Refit Their Public Buildings?

October 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

The European Commission has set a target for 3% of public buildings throughout the continent to be renovated to improve their energy efficiency every year. We all know this will save public money on energy bills. But most countries are dragging their feet. Why?[read more]

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7 Ways to Build a World Citizen Movement to Help Cities Fight Climate Change

October 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The clock's ticking to save the planet, but together we can put the clock back.

A detailed new proposal has been published describing the multiple options available to cities and their citizens if they wish to decarbonise and move away from reliance on fossil fuels. The document, called Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement, was presented to Ban Ki-Moon last month.[read more]

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Cities and Subnational Governments Meet in Korea to ask: Can Cities Help Stop Species Loss?

October 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Catalonia, Quebec and Sao Paulo at the Biodiversity Summit for Cities Subnational Governments

The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments is this week highlighting the invaluable contribution of cities and subnational governments towards greener national economies and improved quality of life across nations.[read more]

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The Emerging Transport Technologies That Are Changing The Ways People Move

October 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Uncertain at the crossroads? Read this report.

For running efficient transport systems in cities there is now plenty of technology to choose between, from smartphone apps to determine road and cycle path conditions, to Bluetooth systems that allow transport operators and planners to analyse journeys across multiple transport modes in near real-time. This guide will help you choose between them develop better transport systems.[read more]