How U.S. Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy

Cities are a core driver of climate change, accounting for more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Precisely because they are such big GHG emitters, cities can be at the forefront in…

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What Path We Take Post-COVID-19 Will Depend in Large Part on How the World’s Cities Change

This article was originally published on Global Dashboard, as part of their Scenarios Week series, exploring and expanding on Long Crisis Scenarios. For professional optimists like me in the business of…

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3 Steps to Scaling Up Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation

In Indonesia, climate change is already a pernicious threat. More than 30 million people across northern Java suffer from coastal flooding and erosion related to more severe storms and sea level rise.…

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The Number of People Affected by Floods Will Double by 2030

Flooding has already caused more than $1 trillion in losses globally since 1980, and the situation is poised to worsen: New analysis from WRI’s Aqueduct Floods finds that the number of people affected by…

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5 Ways Momentum for Climate Action Has Grown Since the Paris Agreement Was Signed

Since the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015 and signed by 175 countries on Earth Day the following year, global momentum to tackle the climate emergency has…

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Earth Day at 50: Five Ways to Honor the Legacy and Change the World

Fifty years ago, 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) took to the streets at the first Earth Day to demand a better future. Outraged by…

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Resilience After Recession: 4 Ways to Reboot the U.S. Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic is already affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and it’s poised to get worse before it gets better. Our primary concern is for the…

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Will Mexico Rise to the Zero-Carbon Buildings Challenge?

The global battle against climate change will take place in the world’s buildings. Buildings produce nearly 40% of global energy-related emissions. And while the latest research shows the world needs to reach net-zero-carbon emissions…

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At World Urban Forum, Renewed Urgency to Safeguard Vulnerable Communities

“Acknowledgement, voice and the right to negotiate” – that’s what’s needed to bring the world’s urban poor back into the system and begin creating cities that work for everyone, said…

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The Most Successful Air Pollution Treaty You’ve Never Heard Of

International consensus on cross-border environmental issues has been difficult to achieve, but the 40-year-old Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (or LRTAP as it is known to development professionals) has…

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