Reality Check Workshops Preview: Resilience in Da Nang, Can Tho and Bangkok

Impacts from climate change are already being experienced worldwide and are only projected to continue: extreme weather events with higher frequency and intensity, higher precipitation in some areas, drought in other areas, rising sea level and more. Cities are often at the most risk to impacts of climate change due to their frequently coastal locations 

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The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy: the next frontier for cities and towns leading the way

By Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group & Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability When UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg suggested creating a Compact of Mayors to mirror the UN programme for national commitments on climate change, it was not 

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ICLEI Links: 20 June 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! City Stories Paris Sets Its Sights on Owners of Second Homes Olympic exclusion zone: the gentrification of a Rio favela What Harry Potter Teaches Us About Integrated Transport Climate Change Stories Climate Hotspots: World Bank Climate 

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Smart CITIES 2.0 – Cities are reclaiming and grounding a hot debate

Smart Cities combine technological and non-technological solutions to overcome challenges and foster their sustainability. A range of examples of how cities draw on technological and non-technological innovation to address urban challenges  through their smart city initiatives were presented at the Smart CITIES 2.0 conference, held by ICLEI at Metropolitan Solutions in Berlin on June 1-2. 

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ICLEI Links: 10 June 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! City Stories Can ‘smart’ birdhouses help improve air quality in Amsterdam? Planning After Big Data and the Internet of Things Urgent action needed to stop terrifying rise in air pollution, warns OECD   Climate Change Stories 

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Smart productive cities or how can cities achieve sustainability by creating their own resources?

How can cities use ‘smart’ projects and frameworks to achieve a net positive gain in their resource? Today, as part of the Smart CITIES 2.0 conference at Metropolitan Solutions in Berlin, city representatives, technical experts and business actors gathered in a session on ‘Smart Productive Cities’ to discuss this question. As definitions of the term 

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Sino-German Urbanization Partnership strengthening around sustainable urban development

Under the umbrella of the Sino-German Urbanization Partnership, German and Chinese high-level representatives from the Ministries of Environment and local authorities gathered in Berlin on 31 May for the second edition of the Sustainable Urban China conference at Metropolitan Solutions 2016. Committed to learning from each other, participants to the conference presented local examples and discussed 

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2. Montréal, Canada (-54%)
Montréal’s emissions fell by 54% between 2008 and 2013. 
The city boasts many parks and waterways. Several projects were launched to preserve and expand the tree cover of the city to improve air quality and urban biodiversity. 
A series of projects targeting the use of fossil fuels for transport were also undertaken, for instance aiming to ensure that at least half of the city’s taxi fleet are electric-hybrid vehicles.

How these five global cities have improved their air quality

Air quality is a major issue in most large cities worldwide, but also impacts on the surrounding rural and peri-urban areas. Rapid industrialization, private transport and residential heating are the main culprits behind the decrease in air quality recently registered by the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, more than 80% of people living in 

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