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How Much Are Trees Worth to Megacities?

In a metropolis teeming with shuffling crowds, cranes and high-rises aren’t the only things that ought to be reaching skywards. Megacities—those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people—would be well served to double down on their arboreal assets, according to a new paper in the upcoming issue of …

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Lab Report: Why Didn’t Houston Evacuate for Harvey?

Harvey questions: As Houston grapples with epic devastation of the storm—chest-high floods, overwhelmed rescue squads, and more than 80,000 homes without power—many are questioning why mandatory evacuations weren’t enforced. But officials including Mayor Sylvester Turner are defending the decision, CNN reports: “You literally cannot put 6.5 million people on the …

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Mobi Bikes: Will Bike Share Make Vancouver a World-Class City?

After many delayed attempts at bringing bike share to Vancouver, British Columbia, Mobi Bikes finally launched in July of 2016, with 1,500 bikes and 150 planned stations. Vancouver is the 5th city in Canada to embrace bike-sharing, and Mobi is the second largest bike sharing program in the country, only behind …

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UN Global Compact Provides Platform for Business Leaders to Take Action on the SDGs

(New York, 20 July 2017) – The United Nations Global Compact brought together leaders from business with representatives from Government, the UN, civil society and academia to highlight private sector commitment to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) – the …

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Cities and Climate Change: An Introduction

Decision-makers who guide urban development need the most reliable and current information possible upon which to act. Unfortunately a good deal of information – some contradictory, not all trustworthy – is in circulation regarding climate change and its potential effects upon cities. It is not always clear what represents the …

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Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation

Hannah Reid ( Ecosystem maintenance and restoration can be a very important part of climate change adaptation, and communities can play a central role in the process, but the evidence base needs strengthening. Top-down, infrastructure-related adaptations to the impacts of climate change are well promoted in policy arenas, but ecosystem …

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Insuring farmers – adapting to climate change

Climate change is increasing the risks for farmers, but a new form of insurance may provide support. As the risks of natural disasters due to climate change increase, insurance has been put forward as a potential way of supporting small-scale farmers in developing countries to help them to manage the …

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What–And Who–Are Actually Causing Climate Change? This Graphic Will Tell You

A handful of countries and one very big sector are at the root of nearly all our problems. As the world gears up for a crucial climate summit in Paris this December, a few facts about global warming are worth considering. For one thing, not all nations are equal. The …

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The political economy of climate resilient development planning

IIED is undertaking a three-year research programme to understand the policy linkages between the two themes of climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. This research focuses on countries that are investing in what has been termed ‘low-carbon climate resilient development’ (LCRD) – policies and strategies that address the challenges posed by …

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What should a no-carbon democracy look like?

Halting planetary warming is fundamental. But as we find safe and affordable solutions to our future society’s energy needs, how could we build a world that is more equal and more democratic? Steve Bass argued in an IIED blog that in order for green economy approaches to produce inclusion and …