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Hong Kong charts road to green future

Today 10:00am - Hong Kong will host its largest conference on sustainable buildings and urban development next month, with tackling climate change in the face of rapid urbanisation the key theme.

Put your mattress to bed and help save the planet

28 Apr 17 - A mattress-recycling scheme in Auckland could divert more than 8000 tonnes of waste a year and save $14.5 million.

Auckland says yes to ethical investments

12 Apr 17 - Auckland Council has joined the fossil-fuel divestment movement.

China takes fresh approach to pollution

17 Mar 17 - China’s air pollution makes many of its towns and cities almost intolerable for their inhabitants. A 2015 report put the numbers killed daily by foul air at 4000 to 5000.

Cities outpace governments in climate action

15 Mar 17 - Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets, causing tensions with central governments about who controls policy over green energy and transport and construction.

Agrihoods one way to revitalise urban centres

8 Mar 17 - Urban agrihoods could provide much-needed food, employment and green space to cities trying to revitalise.

We need to get wise about our heated cities

3 Mar 17 - New Zealand needs to think about ways to keep its cities cool in the face of climate change – and the answer could be more trees, says an international planning expert due to speak here next month.


COOL CITIES: Trees, green roads and fewer cars

22 Feb 17 - As city temperatures rise, with a negative impact on health, councils are coming up with some innovative solutions.

In some cities it pays not to exercise

15 Feb 17 - In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling each way outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research.

Driverless buses arrive in Australia

20 Dec 16 - Autonomous buses are likely to be better for passengers and the environment, but not everyone is excited.

London to double funding to tackle air pollution

9 Dec 16 - Campaigners, health charities and neighbourhood groups have welcomed plans by London mayor Sadiq Khan to more than double funding to clean up the capital’s dirty air.

GLASS GIANTS: How cities are forcing skyscrapers to evolve

8 Dec 16 - Slick, glassy skyscrapers cast their shadows over the streets and spaces of cities all over the world.

Why the world's cities need to go on a resource diet

2 Dec 16 - The importance of cities is only going to increase in coming decades as another 2.5 billion people move to urban centres.

Cities run ahead of targets to cut emissions

18 Nov 16 - Cities are home to over half the world’s population and produce around 75 per cent of its carbon emissions, but they’re leading the way in the global fight against climate change.

WANTED: Strategies to put climate change into reverse

1 Nov 16 - Cities that mimic forests, bricks made from converted carbon dioxide and highways lined with wind turbines powered by traffic. These are ideas for when the world’s focus can be turned from halting...

The world meets in Quito to discuss the future of cities

25 Oct 16 - As the global population grows from seven billion to nearly 10 billion by 2050, we will need to build the equivalent of a city of one million people every five days to house them.

Oslo to reduce emissions by 50% in four years

19 Oct 16 - Norwegian capital Oslo has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent compared to 1990 in four years – which would be the fastest change a city has ever had.

Climate change could crunch Auckland housing market

17 Oct 16 - Auckland’s soaring house prices could be brought down to earth by climate change, the insurance industry is warning.

Can artificial grass and fake trees replace ‘real’ nature?

4 Oct 16 - The benefits of spending time outdoors are well known. Whether travelling for an hour to reach open countryside or simply walking five minutes to a nearby urban park, being in and around nature makes...


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