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Would You Want to Live in a Hyper/CAT City? It Could Be a Smart Thing

January 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

The HyperCAT logo

Hyper/CAT! It sounds like some kind of super powered feline, but if a certain group of people in the UK have their way it will be even more powerful than that. For HyperCat it is an emerging new standard, rather like HTML, but for the Internet of Things. It will help everything that is in a smart city talk to everything else. If it were to become globally applicable then all cities in the world will be one day interoperable, connectable, and able to use the same technology.[read more]

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Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

January 27, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Sustainable Communities and Health

Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.[read more]

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There's a $90 Trillion Plan to Rid the World's Cities of Cars

January 26, 2015 by David Thorpe
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The way to go.

Over the next 15 years, about $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure in the world’s cities, agriculture and energy systems. 24 leaders from government, business, finance and economics in 19 countries think it should be spent fighting climate change. And one of the key challenges is to remove cars from cities.[read more]

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Sustainable Airline Biofuels Come A Step Closer

January 22, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Is it bye-bye to flying?

The planet is warming, and the most climate-friendly thing you can probably do is avoid flying. But aviation is growing at 5% per year. New tech breakthroughs and a new report are beginning to show how airline fuel could become more sustainable...[read more]

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Awards for Sustainable Energy Projects in European Cities

January 21, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Last year's winner: the self-sufficient Polish Commune of Kisielice.

This year, the European Union is, for the first time, offering to recognise sustainable energy projects that operate at a local level in cities, communities and regions. There are just two weeks left to enter initial details of a project to the competition, with a final deadline of 28 February 2015.[read more]

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Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]

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INTERVIEW: Dan Bloom on CliFi and Imagining the Cities of the Future

January 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

Dan Bloom, coiner of the term CliFi

Fancy some climate change with your popcorn or bedtime read? Climate fiction, or cli-fi, is a new genre of fiction that was first identified as a distinct concept by Dan Bloom, a freelance writer who has been based in Tokyo and Taipei since 1991. It is, basically, fiction which touches in some way on the topic of climate change.[read more]

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High Alert for Environmental Threats in World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2015 Report

January 15, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Today marks the release of the World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2015 report. While international conflict tops the list of concerns, the experts whose opinions were solicited rated environmental risks more prominently than economic ones, including water shortages, climate change and fast urbanization.[read more]

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New Study Identifies How Cities Can Cut Energy Use by 25% by 2050

January 14, 2015 by David Thorpe

Found: the energy-saving wedge.

A new study of the energy use of 274 cities shows how different tactics will be necessary to reduce energy consumption in different cities. It adds that a particular effort to reduce consumption in fast-urbanising cities in Asia could potentially reduce total global energy use in cities by more than 25%.[read more]

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Now Is the Time for Cities to End Reliance on Fossil Fuels

January 13, 2015 by David Thorpe

Saudi oil well

The price of oil continues to fall, making investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency less economically attractive. But this is all the more reason why now is the time to switch.[read more]

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Euphoria, Business Deals and Reality at the 'Davos of the East'

January 12, 2015 by David Thorpe
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US Secretary of State John Kerry greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

John Kerry, Ban Ki-Moon, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and thousands of corporate business people are in Gandhinagar for the 'Davos of the East', Vibrant Gujarat. But for many it is seen as a rich persons' club, where deals are done and futures sealed that have little to do with ordinary people and the poverty they experience.[read more]

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How We Can Keep Global Warming to 2°C or Below

January 9, 2015 by David Thorpe
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The greatest challenge for 2015

There is no greater challenge for the world this year than to reach an agreement at Paris' climate change talks in December that will limit global warming to within 2°C. There are many impediments to this, but it is possible to see a way through.[read more]