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How City Partnerships and a $1 Billion Global Cities Package Could Unlock $17 Trillion in Economic Growth

The many benefits of climate action

Climate-smart actions—such as investing in public transport and building efficiency—could generate $17 trillion dollars in net savings for cities by 2050 and cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than the annual emissions of Japan and Russia combined.[read more]


Wanted from Lima: Moral Courage and a Price on Carbon

December 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC's Executive Secretary, in New York in September.

Delegates are arriving in Lima, Peru for two weeks of negotiations aimed at preparing extensive groundwork for a conclusive, binding and global legal agreement next year on tackling climate change. At the top of their agenda will be securing tactics to ensure the right amount of financing and investment for a sustainable future.[read more]


World Bank Warns of Severe Threat to Food Supplies from Climate Change

November 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

The increase in droughts with 4° of warming

A new report from the World Bank, 'Turn Down the Heat' is warning that already global warming of around 1.5°C above pre-industrial times is locked into the Earth's atmospheric system, and unless we act now to reduce emissions, warming of probably 4 degrees will occur within our century, and everyone will feel the impact, particularly the poor.[read more]


How Should Cities Measure Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

July 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Ensuring consistency, accuracy and transparency

The World Resources Institute, C40 Cities and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, have published their second version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) and are seeking feedback from city officials and climate experts in all related fields.[read more]


More Cities Are Issuing Green Bonds To Finance Climate Friendly Expansion

June 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Johannesburg celebrating its green bond launch last week.

Green bonds are becoming a more and more attractive way of financing low carbon projects with the supply doubling in value this year. Now cities are getting in on the act and issuing their own green bonds, led by Toronto, Johannesburg and Gothenberg.[read more]


'Cities in Motion' Sustainable Cities Index: Are You Sure Tokyo Should Be Top?

April 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Tokyo - how sustainable?

A new report, IESE Cities in Motion, ranks world cities for sustainability, putting Tokyo, London and New York at the top, but its methodology is misleading and its results should be taken with a degree of scepticism.[read more]


Thirsty Cities: World Warned about Wasteful Water Use

March 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Water and Energy - both must be conserved

Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day 2014. The United Nations and World Bank are using it to convey the urgent message that water and energy are interrelated - both must be provided sustainably. Water used for energy generation must be minimized, recycled and not polluted.[read more]


South-East Asian Cities Must Use Energy Wisely or Fail - World Bank

February 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Da Nang, Vietnam, © Luciano Mortula / Shutterstock.

Fast-growing cities in South-East Asia are currently using fossil fuels for most of their energy in a very inefficient way. They could benefit greatly from exploiting the abundant renewable energy resources found in the area and from increasing energy efficiency according to a new World Bank report.[read more]


WEBCAST: An Interview With Pedro B. Ortiz

December 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

How will Istanbul and Los Angeles develop sustainably?

Might suburbia, urban freeways and six lane interchanges disappear in the future, in cities like Los Angeles? Pedro B Ortiz - World Bank consultant, ex-deputy mayor of Madrid, and board member of the International Urban Development Association - thinks so, and explains how.[read more]


The Forgotten Cities with No Hope of Getting Credit

November 22, 2013 by David Thorpe

Wanted: money for infrastructure.

The vast majority of the 500 largest cities in developing countries are invisible to investors. Just 4% are considered worthy of their attention by international financial markets and only one in five by local banks and investors. But what are the reasons? And how can they be solved?[read more]


World Bank Warns of $1 Trillion Losses as Philippines Promotes Eco-Towns Framework

November 20, 2013 by David Thorpe

The Philippines was doing its best.

Delegates from the typhoon-devastated Philippines told the UN climate change conference in Warsaw yesterday about their country's Eco-town Framework, the day after the World Bank warned the world to invest now to protect itself from climate change risks in the future.[read more]

Chinese cities – featured in a list they’d rather not be on.

May 11, 2012 by Rich Maltzman

An article in China Daily reports on a recent World Bank report  shows that several major Chinese cities have some of the highest per-capita carbon footprints .The report (588 pages, full report link here) details ways in which the trend could be reversed.The key word in reversing the trend?Projects.Lots, and lots, and lots of...[read more]