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How cities are decarbonising

David Thorpe, The Fifth Estate Summary The figures come from a report by the Coalition for Urban Transitions entitled Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity: How national governments can secure economic prosperity and avert climate catastrophe by transforming cities which was released...


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How cities are decarbonising

The Fifth Estate Summary EUROPE: Cities around the world are taking action, even in the US where 30 cities now have stringent energy measures in their building codes. Now we know that an investment of $1.83 trillion a year in 16 low-carbon measures in cities – about 2 per cent of global GDP –...


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Revealed: The Tax Hitch Slowing Efforts to Grow District Heating

The Herald Summary The Scottish Government, for example, will start phasing out fossil fuels for warming new homes as early as 2024. But there is a hitch. One of the most obvious alternatives to inefficient single-home gas boilers are district heating systems, where hot water is pumped around...


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Underground water pipes: Another way for cities to keep cool

Amelie Bottolier-Depois, Tech Explore Summary As Paris swelters in record-breaking heat, visitors to some of the French capital's iconic landmarks are being kept cool without even knowing it by a labyrinthine network of underground water pipes. With climate change making hot weather...


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Mississauga Infrastructure Projections & Findings Released from Siemens' Urban Development Experts

Newswire Canada Summary Siemens, in conjunction with the City of Mississauga, published Mississauga's Climate Future: Technology Pathways to a Sustainable Future in 2050 identifying potential measures to achieve an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (80x50) relative to...


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Retrofitting Single Purpose Electric Power Plants to CHP District Energy

Ishai Oliker, Power Engineering Summary Many cities are prioritizing modern district energy as the integrated solution needed for sustainable heating and cooling of the inhabitants. In Quito, Ecuador (at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, 2016) 197...


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Staying Cool is Creating a Vicious Cycle on our Warming Planet

Joyce Msuya, Inter Press Service News Agency Summary NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 10 2019 (IPS) - Our planet is heating up. 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, with peak temperatures engulfing the planet – from 43°C in Baku, Azerbaijan, to the low 30s across Scandinavia. The last four years...

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First ever Cities Summit calls for integrated approach to urban infrastructure

UN Environment Summary While Member States were adopting a resolution on sustainable infrastructure at the UN Environment Assembly, the Cities Summit reinforced the importance of local action and the need for an integrated approach to urban infrastructure. Already 60 per cent of waste and...


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District energy: a secret weapon for climate action and human health

UN Environment Summary If you’re sweltering in Delhi or shivering in Detroit and want affordable, environmentally friendly cooling or heating, district energy may be your best bet. A district energy system is a network of pipes that heat and cool buildings across a neighbourhood or entire...


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UN Environment fights to cut cooling and heating emissions

UN Environment Summary Cooling and heating are—for those lucky enough to have them—a lifesaver, keeping children healthy, vaccines stable, food fresh, energy supplies stable, economies productive and environments clean. But there is a cruel irony at play. Cooling and heating systems...

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