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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.

Communities and cities are getting on with the job

17 Jul 17 - As the international community putters along, cities and local communities are already staking out the front lines of the fight against climate change.

Apartment-dwellers can now join the solar boom

27 Jun 17 - Australians who live in apartments have largely been locked out of the solar revolution by a minefield of red tape.

Across the world, thousands of cities take up the climate call

23 Jun 17 - Faced with pollution and rising sea levels, cities around the world are setting targets at a record pace.

Government cripples cities' climate campaigns

20 Jun 17 - New Zealand’s two largest cities are failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions because of the Government’s lack of action on climate change, new research shows.

American cities find ways to play the game

20 Jun 17 - United States cities and states are increasingly seeking ways to play an active role in international climate change efforts.

No doubt about it, green streets are the way to go

19 Jun 17 - Green roofs and walls insulate buildings and soak up rain. And like trees and hedges, they absorb pollutants. What’s not to like?

Asian cities set to benefit most from green growth

7 Jun 17 - Asian cities will gain by about $1.5 trillion a year by 2030 if predictions on green and sustainable growth are proved correct.

New York invests $1.5b in new-energy projects

6 Jun 17 - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the investment of $1.5 billion for renewable energy projects as part of the state’s pursuit of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Hong Kong charts road to green future

24 May 17 - 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...

8 Mar 17  Agrihoods one way to revitalise urban centres

3 Mar 17  We need to get wise about our heated cities

22 Feb 17  COOL CITIES: Trees, green roads and fewer cars

15 Feb 17  In some cities it pays not to exercise

20 Dec 16  Driverless buses arrive in Australia

9 Dec 16  London to double funding to tackle air pollution

8 Dec 16  GLASS GIANTS: How cities are forcing skyscrapers to evolve

2 Dec 16  Why the world's cities need to go on a resource diet

18 Nov 16  Cities run ahead of targets to cut emissions

1 Nov 16  WANTED: Strategies to put climate change into reverse

25 Oct 16  The world meets in Quito to discuss the future of cities

19 Oct 16  Oslo to reduce emissions by 50% in four years

17 Oct 16  Climate change could crunch Auckland housing market

4 Oct 16  Can artificial grass and fake trees replace ‘real’ nature?

29 Sep 16  Businesses dragging chain on sustainability

29 Sep 16  Air pollution kills million Chinese in one year

29 Sep 16  How cities are eliminating car parks

21 Sep 16  We've taken 15 million plastic bags out of play

20 Sep 16  Goff promises his mayoral car will be electric

20 Sep 16  Climate-conscious Chloe gets a pass mark for mayor

19 Sep 16  Amsterdam has big plans to go green

22 Aug 16  Vancouver adopts zero-emissions building plan

5 Aug 16  Cities rush to join climate drive after Paris

21 Jul 16  New York island puts up climate defences

15 Jul 16  Sustainable cities must beat the pain points

30 Jun 16  Why naming and shaming cities is a terrible idea

27 Jun 16  California trees have billion-dollar street value

24 Jun 16  Mayors launch global coalition of cities

24 Jun 16  Oslo city votes to ban cars by 2019

20 Jun 16  How to design cities for a car-light future

13 Jun 16  Plastic-bag recycling heads to southern stores

27 May 16  UP or OUT: Which way for our growing cities?

24 May 16  Cities ‘woefully unprepared’ for rising disaster risk

20 May 16  The Earth is not flat, it is urban, says UN report

13 May 16  Air pollution rising at alarming rate in cities

12 May 16  New York targets bike lanes record

11 May 16  How your garden could help to stop city flooding

6 May 16  London's dirty mayoral fight sidelines green policies

2 May 16  Why cities need to add up the economic value of trees

7 Apr 16  Vancouver chases crown as world's greenest city crown

16 Mar 16  Vancouver can show us how to green our cities

15 Mar 16  Give cities their own planning rules, says commissioner

10 Mar 16  If planners understand it's cool to green cities, what's stopping them?

1 Mar 16  Capital first, people second, says cities report

25 Jan 16  What is a garden city – and why is money being spent on building them?

25 Jan 16  Climate-conscious cities take lessons from New York

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