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Advancing Just Transitions in the Built Environment
Advancing Just Transitions in the Built Environment
Climate change and social inequality are two of the most pressing challenges of our time. But, in the race to net zero, a narrow focus on decarbonization risks exacerbating inequality and results in a rising tide of “greenlash” (backlash against ...
Urban Practitioners Invited To Help Scope IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Cities
Urban Practitioners Invited To Help Scope IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Cities
At the 43rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2016, the Panel decided to include a Special Report on Climate Change and Cities in the IPCC’s seventh assessment cycle. This achievement marked a ...
Re-Thinking Street Design with a Gender Lens: Lessons from a Street Experiment in Istanbul
Re-Thinking Street Design with a Gender Lens: Lessons from a Street Experiment in Istanbul
Although it is widely recognized that gender disparities are echoed in the design and operation of urban transportation systems, gender-responsive transportation planning is still in its early stages. Drawing from the TOPUK project, which stands for “Women Accessing Public Transport,” ...
Learnings from the G7 Roundtable on Subnational Climate Actions
Learnings from the G7 Roundtable on Subnational Climate Actions
With recognition of the vital role of both subnational and national governments in the climate agenda, the G7 Roundtable on Subnational Climate Actions was established by the G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers Meeting in 2023 under the presidency of Japan. The ...
Lessons From the Global South's Public-Private Climate Collaborations
Lessons From the Global South’s Public-Private Climate Collaborations
As dense hubs of diverse talent, skills and innovation, cities are perfect places for public-private collaboration. In light of urgent calls from the international community for solutions, the wealth of creativity and expertise on urban sustainability in Global South cities can ...
Crisis Resilient Urban Futures: What’s Next for Asia-Pacific Cities?
Crisis Resilient Urban Futures: What’s Next for Asia-Pacific Cities?
Cities have always been dynamic hubs of culture, education, economic growth and opportunity, and most importantly, centers of social interaction attracting residents and visitors alike. It is no surprise then, that Asia and the Pacific have become increasingly more urban ...
Big and Small Steps to Beat the Heat
Big and Small Steps to Beat the Heat
It’s an island no one in their right mind wants to be on, but sadly many of us increasingly find ourselves due to global warming. “Heat islands” are a concept British climatologist Gordon Manley came up with way back in ...
Electrifying South Africa’s Minibus Taxi Industry: A Data-Driven Approach
Electrifying South Africa’s Minibus Taxi Industry: A Data-Driven Approach
The minibus taxi (MBT) industry is the backbone of South Africa’s public transportation system with a fleet of approximately 250,000 vehicles, operated by thousands of providers, employing some 600,000 drivers. MBTs account for 80% of all journeys taken by taxi ...
Recognizing the Long Road Ahead to Urban Connectivity in the US
Recognizing the Long Road Ahead to Urban Connectivity in the US
In March 2023, the White House announced its federal budget, including funding for a groundbreaking initiative: the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP). The program is unlike anything the U.S. has supported in the past as it will provide matching ...
Building a Global ‘Bike Bus’ Community
Building a Global ‘Bike Bus’ Community
In late March 2023, #BiciBús activists from Barcelona hosted fellow “bike bus” leaders from around the world for the first-ever global Bike Bus Summit. Since 2021, the bike bus movement has exploded. Bike buses are groups of children and parents ...
Nature-Based Solutions in Cities are the Future of the Fight Against Climate Change. Here's How to Fund Them.
Nature-Based Solutions in Cities are the Future of the Fight Against Climate Change. Here’s How to Fund Them.
Mayors from Latin America, Africa and Asia will be welcoming more than 90% of the new urban inhabitants in the next decade. Governing these ballooning cities is a continuing challenge, not just in terms of urban design and revitalization, but ...
Will the Fight Against Climate Change SURGe in 2023?
Will the Fight Against Climate Change SURGe in 2023?
Since COP27 wound down late last year (November 6-18), much of the post event commentary has centered on the fact that as observed by The Conversation, the gathering “failed to go beyond the 2021 Glasgow climate pact’s promise to phase down ...
What Does a Desirable and Sustainable City Look Like? Visions of Sustainable Cities, by the Transformative Urban Coalitions Project
What Does a Desirable and Sustainable City Look Like? Visions of Sustainable Cities, by the Transformative Urban Coalitions Project
A picture is worth a thousand words, and dozens of photographers from diverse backgrounds captured scenes portraying their visions of a desirable and more sustainable city at COP27. Submissions to the Transformative Urban Coalitions photo competition were made by people ...
How Cities Can Build Food System Resilience
How Cities Can Build Food System Resilience
Let’s not forget what we learned during 2020 about the fragility of our food supply chains: the prevailing, globalized model is as fragile as a spider web. It can shatter into dangling threads in times of crisis, such as a pandemic ...
Reducing Airborne Pollution to Save Lives, Save the Planet: Urban Transitions 2022
Reducing Airborne Pollution to Save Lives, Save the Planet: Urban Transitions 2022
At COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, world leaders will focus on the seemingly overwhelming task of fast-tracking the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions while lessoning our dependence on fossil fuels. Two days later, Urban Transitions 2022 gets underway in Sitges, ...
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