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Cities could save billions while saving the planet

Wednesday - Climate change action at the local level has the potential to save as much as £7 billion each year across the 50 largest cities in the UK.

Big cities sign emissions pledge (but not ours)

Monday - The mayors of 25 cities with more than 150 million citizens between them say they will start cutting emissions before 2020 and will be carbon neutral by 2050.

Auckland - clean power but lacking environmental protection

8 Nov 17 - New Zealand’s clean electricity supply has won Auckland 48th place in the 2017 Smart City Index – but its traffic congestion and lack of environmental protection have let it down.

Merchants believe in the business case for bikes

2 Nov 17 - Merchants in an Oregon town believe new walking and biking infrastructure will attract cusatomers to their businesses.

CARS CRUNCH: More and more cities say they don't want them

1 Nov 17 - After more than 100 years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t make a lot of sense in the urban context.

Twelve major cities vow to buy zero-emissions buses

25 Oct 17 - Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town have promised to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025.

World's choking cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

18 Oct 17 - Electric cars won’t eradicate city gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit.


Green-building rating is sustainability's secret weapon

27 Sep 17 - Green building rating systems are an essential tool in the fight to achieve a net zero emissions built environment.

TRASH TOWERS: Eleven-storey mansion made from rubbish

22 Sep 17 - First prize in a tropical architecture design competition went to an 11-storey marvel built using recycled building materials, waste plastic and glass bottles.

Vancouver wants to be the world's greenest by 2020

20 Sep 17 - Vancouver - the mountain-fringed, bicycle-friendly, pot-loving host of the 2010 Winter Olympics - wants to be the world’s greenest city by 2020.

PEDESTRIAN POWER: Where is the world's most walkable city?

14 Sep 17 - From New York’s cafe squares to the laneways of Melbourne, pedestrian paradises combine safety, beauty and comfort. Now urban planners are taking note as they seek to hand back cities to the walkers.

Going to Dubai? Take a bike

6 Sep 17 - Dubai has approved the construction of 500km of bicycle lanes as part of air pollution mitigation efforts.

How will the world's hottest city survive climate change?

21 Aug 17 - The summer temperature in Kuwait now frequently touches 50deg. The Gulf state last year was awarded the grim prize of being the hottest place on Earth, when temperatures reached a staggering 54deg.

Minorities and the poor victims of worsening city heat

15 Aug 17 - ABOUT 60 per cent of the world’s city dwellers have experienced warming twice as great as the rest of the world.

Mayors demand English acts on climate change

25 Jul 17 - New Zealand’s mayors want a national emissions reduction plan and a stocktake of the likely cost to the country of climate change – something Prime Minister Bill English has steadfastly rejected.

Satellites zero in on dangerous urban heat islands

21 Jul 17 - Cities are getting hotter as the planet warms, and the consequences can be deadly - a heat wave hit Russia in 2010 and killed 55,000 people.

Cape Town shares water lessons of record drought

21 Jul 17 - Cape Town, experiencing its worst drought in 100 years, has taken the situation as an opportunity to seek solutions which could be of use in other parts of Africa.

Let buyers borrow more on greener homes, says report

20 Jul 17 - Homebuyers could take out bigger mortgages if the energy ratings of properties were factored into the lending criteria of banks and building societies, new research has found.

Steel town sets out to redesign the rustbelt

17 Jul 17 - The world is urbanising at a pace never before seen in human history. By 2050, 66 per cent of the world is projected to live in cities.


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