Click Green reports that research conducted by Washington State University shows people are key to energy efficiency and that educating them about the features of the buildings they work in is needed to maximize those savings. The research is the result of a meeting WSU graduate Julia Day went to one day in an officeRead More
This weekend’s deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions gave everyone at the talks in Peru what they came for - sort ofThere was one thing above all others that wealthy countries wanted out of the Lima negotiations, and that was a method of...
Last month Indonesia’s newly elected President Joko Widodo made the controversial decision to cut public fuel subsidies, which led to a 30 percent increase in the nation’s gas prices, prompting protests. Yet, investors have cheered Widodo’s decision. The country’s stock market has risen, its currency has rallied, and its bond yields have fallen in the weeks since the announcement.
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To coincide with the COP 20 climate talks in Lima this week, the Climate Bonds Initiative has publicly released a full list of labelled green bonds.
“This is part of the initiative’s effort to promote greater transparency in the green bonds market, a market that has trebled in size over the past year,” CBI chief executive Sean Kidney said.
The list includes the name of the bond, the issuer, date of issue, currency, amount, tenor and whether a second opinion of the bond’s green status exists, and a link to that if available. Currently there are close to 300 separate bonds on the list and CBI plans to keep it periodically updated.
Eighty-five percent of Brazilians live, work, and play in cities. As such, urban mobility is a fundamental driver of quality of life for the vast majority of the country, enabling access to jobs, healthcare, schools, and other everyday needs. In 2012, Brazil’s national government recognized this importance by enacting the National Policy on Urban Mobility, which requires cities with 20,000 residents or more to develop urban mobility plans in order to receive federal funding. At the same time, the federal Growth Acceleration Program (Programa de Açeleração de Crescimento [PAC]) has made US$ 57 billion available for 88 mid-size cities to develop and implement sustainable urban mobility plans.
A dearth of clean water, sanitation and safe hygiene in birth settings in the developing world is proving to be alarmingly deadly for mothers and newborns, according to a report published in the journal PLOS Medicine.
n many ways, Calgary, Canada’s third-largest city, is very much like a sprawling American city. But in one way, it’s very different: It’s a huge transit city. Despite being composed mostly of sprawling single-family homes, in this Canadian energy boomtown, 50 percent of downtown workers arrive by transit and another 11 percent by bike — way higher than what you see in its American counterparts.
Investing in business-as-usual infrastructure will only increase economic and social costs in our cities. Traffic congestion, for example, costs 4% of GDP in Cairo, 3.4% in Buenos Aires and 2.6% in Mexico City. In Beijing, the social costs of motorized transport are as high as 15% of GDP, while urban sprawl in America adds $400 billion annually in extra infrastructure, public service and transport costs.
But shifting toward compact urban development and low-carbon urban transport could reverse this trend. For example, in India, Ahmedabad’s population may grow from 5.4 million to 13.2 million by 2041, but sustainable development could make that future Ahmedabad 50% smaller in size with 84% less carbon dioxide emissions and 74% fewer fatalities from traffic accidents.