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Environmental change - who cares, who benefits, who loses?

April 27, 2016 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen

In social-ecological systems research the focus is on people as well as nature and the aim is to promote both ecosystem health and human wellbeing. Ecosystem services is increasingly recognized as the benefits people obtain from nature, but we still have a poor understanding of how they actually enhance the many dimensions of wellbeing,...[read more]

The long road to resilient cities in Africa

April 7, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The need to build climate & disaster resilience in cities – Project example in Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP)  My journey to Ibadan, Nigeria supporting the World Bank’s - Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) gave me an opportunity to reflect the challenges of such infrastructure projects and the...[read more]

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Meat-Based Diet Can Adversely Impact Earth’s Environment

April 1, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz

 Recently there have been many claims that consumption of meat can cause severe environmental impacts. A lot of studies have taken place and there is substantial data now to conclude safely that consumption of meat is indeed a major threat to the environment.Cows and Grasslands sequester CarbonLivestock and grasslands can help to...[read more]

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Smart Ways To Partner On Environmental Causes

March 13, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Government entities are entering into several types of partnerships with the private sector. Many of these partnerships are set up to conserve resources and sustain the environment. The job is simply too big for these two groups to accomplish on their own. The challenge for a government agency, however, is to manage the request for...[read more]

Advocating for efficiency in the Clean Power Plan

Feature image: The U.S. government’s biggest single policy move toward mitigating climate change is the Clean Power Plan from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This rule, issued in August 2015, regulates on a statewide basis the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel power plants.  read more[read more]

City-wide e-scooter share launched in ChiaYi, Taiwan

February 24, 2016 by Wayne Gao
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Imagine an “individualized” public transit system where reliable electric-powered bikes/scooters are available for use within walking distance in a city.[read more]

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What is Needed to Help Precision Agriculture To Grow?

February 10, 2016 by Mark Boyd
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Precision agriculture has a huge potential in helping reduce farming inefficiencies, and creating a new relationship between urban areas and their food bowl. Here's how three emerging startups are speeding up their growth by making their systems connectable and accessible to farmers.[read more]

Ideas and Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Living

January 26, 2016 by Ivan Bruce
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Connect4Climate recently co-hosted Sustainability Week, a series of panel discussions and events with the Hospital Club, a social venue in central London, created by Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, that encourages the free flow of ideas and innovative solutions. Sustainability Week, now in its third consecutive year, was a program sparked by its members in particular Steve Malkin, Guy Battle and Rupesh Madlani who were instrumental in arranging this year’s event. The Week brought together climate experts, industry leaders, city administrators and influencers with the creative minds of the Club’s members and invited guests in the days leading up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21).[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]

Nevada Stops Subsidizing Net Metering

January 18, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

In the final days of 2015, Nevada became the front line in the looming nationwide fight over energy policy when the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada altered rates for net metering impacting homeowners with rooftop photovoltaic panels.[read more]

Inspiring the Next Generation Interview with Russell Horsey

January 11, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Interview with Russell Horsey, the Development Director at the Institute of Chartered Foresters in the United Kingdom[read more]

Rainmaker Population Helping Remedy California Drought Woes

January 5, 2016 by Mark LeChevallier

With California in the midst of its worst drought in 1,200 years, the state is finding hope from an influx of rainmakers determined to provide much needed relief for the over-taxed water supply.[read more]