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Strategies for Building More Environmentally Friendly Cities

Strategies for Building More Environmentally Friendly Cities21-02-2018 23:32
I saw this interesting press release from the UN Environment Program discussing strategies to build better cities:

I thought the article does a great job of laying out the challenges facing urbanization in the context of climate change, as well as providing some concrete ideas on how to achieve "low-carbon, resource-efficient, socially just cities."

Among a number of ideas, the article recommends compact growth, better connections, liveable neighborhoods and infrastructure for cross-sector efficiency.

I think it provides a good framework for what practical steps we can be taken at a city-level scale, but I welcome your opinions on it as well.
21-02-2018 23:36
As a follow-up to the last article I posted, I thought I would share this as well: This article from The Guardian by Tom White looks at a study that highlights the potential environmental damage caused to cities by climate change. Unlike the previous article, it takes a more in-depth approach to the short- and medium-term consequences of climate change on our cities by examining various scenarios. It is a compelling piece of reporting that highlights the urgent need to rethink how we plan our cities.
22-02-2018 00:03
It is also important to consider what are objectives are when we discuss sustainability. This Vox piece by Brad Plumer ( has an interesting take on the well-tread idea that we need to minimize temperature rises to below 2 degrees Celsius. Plumer argues that there is little chance we will meet that goal. He considers the murky origins of the 2-degree marker and discusses what it means for temperatures to rise beyond that mark.

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