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Troubled Waters: How Rio's Trash Problem Goes Far Beyond the Olympics

August 9, 2016 by Waste Dive

When athletes from around the world hit the waters of Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games this month, they will be competing amid garbage.It didn’t have to be this way.Despite seven years of planning and multiple ideas from waste professionals around the world, Rio de Janeiro has not solved the problem of trash in its waters...[read more]

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Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us?

July 7, 2016 by Rose Rennar

When we are kids taught about the circle of life. We have an admiration and fascination for the beauty of the world around us. There is a tangible love and respect. Somewhere along the way that is lost. We all have forgotten how imperative each living thing is to the next. From the West African black rhinoceros that is now officially...[read more]

Making industrial policy relevant again

April 20, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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"There is only one measure of success: are you exporting something different than you were five years ago?” a bald man billows across the conference hall.The most recent industrial policy conference in Madagascar spanned two days and consisted of experts and academics promoting new models on the micro-foundations of innovation or the...[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce
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Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

Let's Not Kid Ourselves: Curbing Carbon and Stopping Smog Are Not the Same Thing

December 31, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

A hope has prevailed across most media commentators and environmental groups that curbs on carbon emissions will also fix the dirty air in these nations’ metropolises. But that’s naïve. It doesn’t take into account how the past of pollution control inside the United States and other long-industrialized nations has conditioned us to tackling one enormous environmental problem while ignoring the other.[read more]

Paris COP 21, Race to the Top, Not the Bottom

December 8, 2015 by Wayne Gao

Asian top industrialized emitters, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore must cut more carbon in line with global 2°C goal.[read more]

Who Should Lead Bristol?

November 4, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Different situations call for different leadership styles, consider: an emergency; a highly motivated and aligned team with a high and common level of expertise (the Mayor’s Cabinet?). Style adopted needs to be appropriate to the situation and to effectively achieve objectives and balance interests. Leaders that can adapt to suit different contexts have a distinct advantage in terms of achieving success.[read more]

10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement

October 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Public Participation

As more people choose to live in cities, local governments find themselves facing increasingly complex issues in city-making. Demands for affordable housing and public transit, or tensions around gentrification and density are just some of the more high-profile critical conversations our cities need.[read more]

From "Hopenhagen" 15 to Paris 21: Ensuring Success After 20 Consecutive Failures

October 19, 2015 by Wayne Gao

It was a huge frustration for enthusiastic participants to the UNFCCC COP 15th in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009. History could repeat itself (for 21 times!) unless real change being made!![read more]

Why is Cebras por la Vida Important for Bogotá?

October 1, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Designing and building a city thought the eyes of pedestrians’ needs brings dignity and quality to urban life. Cebras por la Vida is an effort to bring back the fun and the seriousness to the process of reclaiming our city[read more]

New Pittsburgh Urban Ag Law Passes, Boosts Options for Residents

September 3, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Pittsburgh City Council passed an ordinance in July to ease restrictions on maintaining chickens, ducks, goats, and apiaries in the city. Drafted by a collection of agricultural nonprofits, the ordinance follows a 2011 regulation that required residents to undergo a hearing process lasting up to three months and pay up to $340 in cumulative fees. Under the new law, Pittsburghers can obtain a permit for $70 and be approved within a day.[read more]

Better Building Benchmarking = More Energy Savings

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released a real-time building monitoring and scoring platform called LEED Dynamic Plaque, enabling building managers to benchmark, monitor, and improve their building’s performance on an ongoing basis. The program has been recognized as a “game-changer” in building certification schemes.[read more]