FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
‘7 Cool Ways Cities Are Thinking Ahead on Climate Change’
Authored by Christina Nunez
The world’s cities are coming up with ingenious ways to fight climate change. “No longer will it work to have a system of silos,” says Bryna Lipper, vice president for relationships at 100 Resilient Cities, a nonprofit. With that comes a different way of thinking about both mitigating and adapting to climate change, from the roads to the treetops. From sea walls to “sponge zones,” featured here are some innovative urban ideas for boosting resilience.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘Building Climate Equity- Creating a New Approach from the Ground Up’
Published by World Resources Institute (WRI)
A new approach is required to resolve this challenge. Building on the experiences of 23 countries, this report demonstrates that climate action and equity can be mutually supportive and that well-designed climate policies can strengthen the capabilities of the least well-off and most vulnerable.
Download your copy here.
VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘It’s Smart To Be Dense’
Created by Streetfilms and ITDP
Urban density is fundamental principle of sustainable development. Density supports economic and creative vibrancy, social integration, and a healthy, environmental sustainable development model. As the world’s population continues to urbanize, our cities have two options for growth: densify or sprawl. The private-car dependent sprawl model of the 20th century must change, and move away from a reliance on private cars, to accommodate a more populous, and more prosperous world.
In this charming video featuring a mix of animation, stats and video, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) and Streetfilms have teamed up to highlight the most important reasons for building dense. By 2050 about 75% of all the world’s population will be urban so it is vital for the health of the planet we choose correctly, and do it now.