Implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate

The Paris Agreement on climate change lays out commmitments for nations to limit their greenhouse-gas emissions and contain the impact of global warming. Mayors were among the loudest voices lobbying in favour of the agreement, which entered into force in November 2016. And cities will have an enormous role in its implementation: They are both the source of 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions and also where the most innovative low-carbon solutions are being implemented.

Local-level climate initiatives would be at particular risk.
Gregory Scruggs March 23, 2017

Green bonds and emissions-trading schemes are among the options detailed by Siemens, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Citi.

July 22, 2016

Urban areas account for half the world’s population, but generate more than two-thirds of the fossil-fuel emissions, Clean Technica reports.  

July 7, 2016

More cities are expected to follow the lead of Santiago, Chile by harnessing the sun and wind as energy sources for transit networks, Fast Company reports. 

July 5, 2016
Lesson number one: Unleash public-sector entrepreneurship
Justin Gerdes June 30, 2016

Municipalities that represent 439 million people have made pledges, the Worldwatch Institute says. 

June 23, 2016
The Ugandan capital is finding homegrown climate solutions.
Amy Fallon June 10, 2016
On Friday, a record 175 states signed a new global, 15-year accord to work to limit global warming. But it’s not clear if their action will come quickly enough to stave off climate change’s worst effects.
Gregory Scruggs April 26, 2016
An intergovernmental panel voted not to do an immediate report on urban areas but rather to incorporate new emphasis on cities in all of its coming assessments.
Carey L. Biron April 20, 2016
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will vote this week on whether to publish a first-ever special report on cities and climate change.
Carey L. Biron April 11, 2016
Once deserted, Buiksloterham is emerging as a creative hub of the 'circular economy.'
Letty Reimerink March 18, 2016
Last week, a key series of discussions on financing sustainable urban development included multiple sessions on the issue.
Emilio Godoy March 15, 2016
In December in Paris, mayors demonstrated they are key players in the response to climate change. Habitat III can now strengthen global momentum and respond to the mayoral call to put climate-change mitigation and adaptation atop the urban agenda.
Emmanuelle Pinault and Mandy Ikert and Zachary Tofias February 8, 2016
Anticipating increased rainfall as a result of climate change, the city is investing in solutions that hold water rather than flushing it down drains.
Athlyn Cathcart-Keays January 21, 2016
Following the Paris climate talks, the Habitat III process this month turns its focus to renewables and efficiency.
Gregory Scruggs January 13, 2016

The city of 3 million is shifting from factory to service jobs to promote economic expansion while cutting emissions, Chinadialogue reports. 

December 24, 2015
2015 ushered in watershed new development and climate frameworks. Urban advocates are hoping that 2016, and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, will provide a clear roadmap for action on these agreements.
Gregory Scruggs December 17, 2015
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