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Want to know about city pollution? Ask a pigeon

20 Feb 18 - Pigeons might be seen as the scourge of cities, but researchers say they could help us to explore a host of toxins in the air, from lead to pesticides.

Urban forests add to cities’ health ... and wealth

31 Jan 18 - Planting more urban forests is a simple way not only to improve the health of a city’s people, but to make them wealthier, too.

Bank partners with global mayors to green cities

15 Dec 17 - A European development bank has partnered with city mayors from all over the world to mobilise more than $1.5 billion in urban investment to help combat climate change.

Outlook grim for warmer Auckland, warns report

7 Dec 17 - Floods, fires, droughts, storms, slips, pests and diseases are Auckland’s future, threatening primary production and human health, warns a new report.

Nature's drying up, so maybe we should be mining our cities

5 Dec 17 - Instead of extracting dwindling raw materials from nature, the time has come to start re-using materials from buildings and infrastructure in cities.

Don't bury bike-sharing, there's still room on the road

4 Dec 17 - Dramatic images of bike graveyards shouldn't be taken at face value – there's hope for bike-sharing schemes yet.

City trees feel the heat ... and love it

27 Nov 17 - City trees are responding to climate change and urban growth, making the most of the heat island effect.

Three ways cities are leading the climate change fight

21 Nov 17 - Cities account for 75 per cent of the world’s energy use and 76 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions.

The inconvenient truth about smart cities

20 Nov 17 - Plans for more wired, networked, connected urban areas face challenges if they fail to account for existing, local, non-digital elements such as government and socioeconomic conditions.

Cities could save billions while saving the planet

15 Nov 17 - 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)

13 Nov 17 - 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.

6 Sep 17  Going to Dubai? Take a bike

21 Aug 17  How will the world's hottest city survive climate change?

15 Aug 17  Minorities and the poor victims of worsening city heat

25 Jul 17  Mayors demand English acts on climate change

21 Jul 17  Satellites zero in on dangerous urban heat islands

21 Jul 17  Cape Town shares water lessons of record drought

20 Jul 17  Let buyers borrow more on greener homes, says report

17 Jul 17  Steel town sets out to redesign the rustbelt

17 Jul 17  Communities and cities are getting on with the job

27 Jun 17  Apartment-dwellers can now join the solar boom

23 Jun 17  Across the world, thousands of cities take up the climate call

20 Jun 17  Government cripples cities' climate campaigns

20 Jun 17  American cities find ways to play the game

19 Jun 17  No doubt about it, green streets are the way to go

7 Jun 17  Asian cities set to benefit most from green growth

6 Jun 17  New York invests $1.5b in new-energy projects

24 May 17  Hong Kong charts road to green future

28 Apr 17  Put your mattress to bed and help save the planet

12 Apr 17  Auckland says yes to ethical investments

17 Mar 17  China takes fresh approach to pollution

15 Mar 17  Cities outpace governments in climate action

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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