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8 Days to Lima: South African Municipalities Forge Ahead

At the COP20 in Lima, ICLEI will once again highlight the outstanding contributions of local governments to the fight against climate change. Some examples are offered by South African municipalities, who are increasingly implementing projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of their participation in the international flagship project: Promoting Low Emission Urban Development 

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9 Days to Lima: Focus on Rajkot, an Urban-LEDS Model City

Rajkot is a fast-growing industrial city in the State of Gujarat. During the last decade, the city’s population increased by 28.3 percent, making it the fourth largest city in Gujarat. Through the Urban-LEDS project Rajkot is facilitating and augmenting the implementation of several key plans to effectively decrease emissions. The international project promotes urban Low 

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ICLEI Links: 21 November 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! Thanks to all on Twitter and elsewhere for sharing. ICLEI News Mayor of Bonn welcomes UN representative Global 100% RE and ICLEI join forces City News What is a city? (VIDEO) Five reasons to be optimistic about 

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Why Lima’s COP20 is our chance to move from vision to action

“The darkest moment of the night is the minute before the dawn” Exactly 10 days from now, climate negotiators from all round the world will meet in Lima, Peru for the 20th session of the annual UN climate conference (UNFCCC COP20/CMP10). Ahead of these talks, we have every reason to be concerned about the effect 

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Urban Water Blueprint: Natural Solutions to the Global Water Challenge

Guest post by Daniel Shemie and Robert McDonald Each year, cities around the world spend $90 billion to build infrastructure that’s used to deliver and treat water. To meet the needs of growing urban populations, some cities transport clean water thousands of kilometers to their residents, while other cities invest in more complex technology to 

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ICLEI Links: 14 November 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! Thanks to all on Twitter and elsewhere for sharing. ICLEI News Launch of the Global Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) City News Is the vertical city a viable solution for sustainable living? Cities 

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ICLEI Links: 7 November 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! Thanks to all on Twitter and elsewhere for sharing. ICLEI News ICLEI signs partnership agreement for more sustainable water management ICLEI’s advocacy department releases vision for the post-2015 development agenda City News The technology behind Helsinki’s 

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Challenge of irreversible climate change also offers opportunities for development and increased vertical cooperation

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”, Winston Churchill is said to have proclaimed. That humanity faces a serious climate crisis is no longer in doubt after the recent Concluding Instalment of the Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in Copenhagen on 2 November. The 

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KISSing in Seoul

Host of the ICLEI World Congress 2015, Seoul – the capital of South Korea – is home to nearly 10 million people. With a population density twice that of New York and eight times that of Rome, it has become an example of how economic growth creates vibrant, frenetic urban centers. Yet Seoul has also 

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