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Weekly Roundup 047 – 16th to 22nd Jan


UDC Weekly roundup
‘How big cities are finding innovative ways to nudge people to ditch cars’
Authored by Alison Moodie

In the wake of climate change oriented urban design decisions, there has been an increasing instance of Governments and public agencies joining forces with the private sector. Post the COP21, where the landmark decision was taken (to limit global warming temperatures to 1.5C above pre-industrial level), cities have started getting furiously creative in their attempts to meet this target. Acknowledging the fact that traditionally governments and public agencies have been under-performing in their attempts, it is imperative to create stronger partnerships with the private sector, and enhance the capacity to design, finance and execute new policies.

In keeping with this relatively new Government-Private partnership, the article by the Guardian describes a venture put forth by MasterCard in addressing the usage of cars, public transport and its impact on the climate. Slated to be measured over the following 3 years, the project will assess the contribution of transportation projects in reducing carbon emissions in cities.

Read the whole piece here 

Published by The Guardian.


‘Mapping Choices: Carbon, Climate and Rising Seas’
Published by Climate Central

Global warming has raised global sea level about 8 inches since 1880, and the rate of rise is accelerating. Rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging floods from storm surges. A Climate Central analysis finds the odds of “century” or worse floods occurring by 2030 are on track to double or more, over widespread areas of the U.S. These increases threaten an enormous amount of damage. And compounding this risk, scientists expect roughly 2 to 7 more feet of sea level rise this century — a lot depending upon how much more heat-trapping pollution humanity puts into the sky.

Climate Central recently released a carbon lock-in sea level rise map, Mapping Choices, in conjunction with a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our analysis lays clear that our carbon choices today are going to determine the legacy and the heritage of our great American cities,” said Ben Strauss, the vice president of Climate Central’s sea level rise program. “If we take action, we can prevent more than 1,000 American cities and towns from being condemned to being mostly below the future sea level.”

Read or download the publication here.



‘Proof of Concept: 100 Geeks, 5 Weeks, 1 Future’
Created by POC21

POC21 is an international innovation community, that started as an innovation camp. The camp brought together 100+ makers, designers, engineers, scientists and geeks. In late summer 2015, it joined forces in a French castle to prototype a fossil free, zero waste society. The ultimate goal was to overcome the destructive consumer culture and make open-source, sustainable products the new normal. Over the course of 5 weeks 12 sustainable lifestyle technologies were developed and built with it was an international community of innovators and supporters, that continues to grow.

Brought to you by POC21


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