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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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Collideoscope: A New Open Data App Aiming to Cut Cycling Accidents

October 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Pin the location of an incident and help prevent others

A new app, called Collideoscope, using open data and crowdsourcing has the ambitious aim of trying to find out why cycle accidents occur so they may be prevented in future.[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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The UN Plans that EVs Will Make 30% of Individual Journeys by 2030 – But Where Will The Electricity Come From?

October 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

A quarter of families in Copenhagen with two children or more own a cargo bike. And cycle in the snow.

A new UN initiative has been launched that aims to make electric vehicles make 30% of individual motorised journeys in cities by 2030. But where is the sustainable energy source going to come from to supply the extra electricity needed? The UN should be supporting more walking and cycling in cities to take people out of vehicles altogether.[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]

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Market for Energy Efficiency Is $360 billion/yr and Bigger Than Renewables

October 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director IEA 

Energy efficiency is big business worth between $310 billion and $360 billion in 2011 according to the IEA. This figure is nearly $100 billion higher than investment in renewable energy in 2013. It represents an important opportunity for national and local governments to fight climate change, save money and boost their local economies.[read more]

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VIDEO: What Makes a Sustainable City?

October 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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David Thorpe

A talk and presentation by David Thorpe at Cardiff's Green City event on Saturday 27 September 2014. David is the Special Correspondent on Sustainable Cities Collective.[read more]

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Who Speaks for Cycling and Walkability in the UN's Sustainable Transport Group?

October 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

The joint leaders of the group.

In August UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the members of a 12-member advisory group that will develop a global policy on sustainable transport, including Olof Persson, CEO of the Volvo Group, and Carolina Tohá, the mayor of Santiago, Chile. But no member is representing cyclists and pedestrians.[read more]

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10 Features of a Resilient City – How Many Does Yours Have?

October 2, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Mexico City, part of the 100RC network

Resilient cities are able to withstand potential disasters, whether they are due to extreme weather, national or international economic meltdown, grid power blackouts or disruptions in food supply, similar to transition towns. Here are 10 suggested qualities. Does your city possess them?[read more]

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What Is An All-Ages-Friendly City?

October 2, 2014 by David Thorpe

Towards the inter-generational city

Whatever an all-ages-friendly city is, we are going to need more of them. Cities in the developed world have an ageing population while others have a high proportion of children. Both sectors are unfortunately too often overlooked, and we are going to need to find ways to support them. But how?[read more]

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Bloomberg Donates $125 Million to Cut Traffic Deaths in Cities

October 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

Poorer cities to be the focus.

Cities are creating a culture where government innovation is an expectation, and where creativity is encouraged, according to Mike Bloomberg, who also announced that his organisation is to spend $125 million on programmes to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low-and middle-income countries.[read more]

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WWF's Living Planet Report Paints Stark Picture of Unsustainable Development

September 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

A Signpost to One Planet Living

By expanding cities, cutting down forests and overfishing the seas, humanity has caused a 52% decline in the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970. This is the staggering and sobering headline fact to leap out of the latest Living Planet Report from WWF.[read more]

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Drive to End Ignorance on Energy Amongst Public and Professionals

September 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation

How much do you know about energy in buildings? According to a new poll, most people don't know nearly enough. So in the UK Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation wants a national drive to increase understanding of energy use reduction, and your help is needed.[read more]

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British Regional Cities Tell London: "We Want To Be Free"

September 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

Core Cities cabinet members

Following the "no" vote in the referendum on Scottish devolution, eight English cities plus Glasgow in Scotland and Wales' capital, Cardiff, are demanding that much more power be devolved from London to unlock their economic potential.[read more]

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So What Really Came Out Of The Climate Summit?

September 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Strong leadership requires action not just words.

After the euphoria has died down of the People's Climate March and the success of getting many world leaders to make statements about climate change in front of each other on Tuesday, many are now asking: what exactly has been achieved?[read more]

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The Cities That Are Leading on Climate Change

September 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Monday's awards ceremony

The winners of the second annual City Climate Leadership Awards were revealed on Monday night by C40 and Siemens at an award ceremony in New York City. The Awards recognize cities all over the world that have achieved excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change.[read more]

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UK's Most Congested City to Get Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Network

September 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Artist impression of part of the scheme

Work should finally be getting underway soon for Bristol's £200 million ‘Metrobus’ bus rapid transit (BRT) network, following completion of all the relevant planning applications and an announcement of funding from central government. Bristol was named as the "most congested city in England" in the 2012 Congestion Index.[read more]

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City-dwellers Around The World Call on Politicians to Act on Climate Change

September 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Peoples Climate March NYC 

According to CBS News there were 300,000. Marching, Singing, waving banners, taking over the whole of downtown Manhattan. Around the world, a total of 580,000 were estimated to have participated in demonstrations in 2,000 cities yesterday. Politicians are being scrutinized in advance of this week's crucial UN meeting.[read more]