Cities can be climate champions

The C 40 Cities are taking bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Prince Edward Council should adopt their best practices. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty Images) When it comes to spewing carbon into the air, urban areas are among the biggest offenders. But cities also lead the way when it comes … Continue reading “Cities can be climate champions”

More Than 100 Cities Worldwide Now Powered Primarily by Renewable Energy

  These cities get more than 70 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewables. That’s up since the Paris climate agreement. Burlington, Vermont, gets 100 percent of its power from renewable energy, including from solar farms like this one, built on locally made systems that track the sun. Credit: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images … Continue reading “More Than 100 Cities Worldwide Now Powered Primarily by Renewable Energy”

A new study says there are ‘strikingly high’ rates of cancer in some Ontario industrial cities

“Recent federal air monitoring data released to Global News by Environment and Climate Change Canada shows that benzene levels in Aamjiwnaang First Nation, on the south side of Sarnia, were three times the regulated annual limit in 2017.” Dermatologist Ivan Litvinov speaks about new scientific research in an interview with National Observer and Global News … Continue reading “A new study says there are ‘strikingly high’ rates of cancer in some Ontario industrial cities”

Cities and states are modeling what a Green New Deal could look like

Smaller-scale efforts show local governments are prepared to act on climate change. CREDIT: DIANA OFOSU Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have spent the past two months engaged in a war of words over the Green New Deal resolution. Many argue its ambitious goals aren’t feasible within the short timeframe it lays out. Others say there’s simply … Continue reading “Cities and states are modeling what a Green New Deal could look like”

Climate emergency demands less traffic, more walkable cities

Wikimedia Commons photo of Paris street The climate emergency exploded onto the headlines in 2018, with a relentless series of disasters leading up to the UN COP 24 climate conference in December. But the people cutting climate pollution by creating delightful urban spaces on an unprecedented scale should be headline news in 2019. I experienced … Continue reading “Climate emergency demands less traffic, more walkable cities”

Copenhagen Wants to Show How Cities Can Fight Climate Change

The beginning of a ski run on the roof of Copenhagen’s new trash incinerator, which will help heat buildings in the city. Photograph by Charlotte de la Fuente COPENHAGEN — Can a city cancel out its greenhouse gas emissions? Copenhagen intends to, and fast. By 2025, this once-grimy industrial city aims to be net carbon neutral, meaning … Continue reading “Copenhagen Wants to Show How Cities Can Fight Climate Change”

Canadian cities ‘missing the bus’ on electric transit, report finds

Clean Energy Canada wants to see the federal and provincial governments earmark funding specifically for electric vehicles to help offset the higher upfront costs of electric buses.  (JENNIFER GAUTHIER / STAR FILE) VANCOUVER—Canadian cities are lagging global leaders when it comes to electric buses, according to a new report by Clean Energy Canada released Thursday. Shenzhen, China is … Continue reading “Canadian cities ‘missing the bus’ on electric transit, report finds”

‘Moment of reckoning:’ U.S. cities burn recyclables after China bans imports

The conscientious citizens of Philadelphia continue to put their pizza boxes, plastic bottles, yogurt containers, and other items into recycling bins. But in the past three months, half of these recyclables have been loaded onto trucks, taken to a hulking incineration facility, and burned, according to the city’s government. It’s a situation being replicated across … Continue reading “‘Moment of reckoning:’ U.S. cities burn recyclables after China bans imports”

How Removing Asphalt Is Softening Our Cities

Greening alleys reclaims public space, reconnects urban dwellers to one another, and invites nature deep into cities. Portland alley advocates estimate there are 76 miles of alleys in their city—all potential green public spaces. This northeast Portland neighborhood is one of many projects reclaiming forgotten concrete pathways for nature and people. Photo by Derek Dauphin … Continue reading “How Removing Asphalt Is Softening Our Cities”

Cities need to start making their own food

If we could shift food production to a more hyperlocal, circular system, both our planet and ourselves would be better off. [Source Images: mawais/Blendswap (city), gg/Blendswap (crops)] Even if you are someone who tries to eat healthy–buys only organic produce, and consumes only ethically raised meats–our food system is probably still jeopardizing your well-being. The way we … Continue reading “Cities need to start making their own food”