Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, April 7, 2017 In : Climate change 

Article by Brad Plumer 
  Mar 24, 2017  


Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.

One problem with framing the goal this way, though, is that it’s maddeningly abstract. What does staying below 2°C entail? Papers on this topic usually drone on about a “carbon budget” ...


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‘Social urbanism’ experiment breathes new life into Colombia’s Medellin

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, January 30, 2017 In : Sustainable cities 
By Stephanie Nollen

Published in The Globe and Mail, on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

The transformation of Medellin must rank as the most remarkable urban redemption project in modern history. Two decades ago this city’s very name was a one-word synonym for “murderous-drug-and-crime-ridden-Latin-American-hellhole.” The drug baron Pablo Escobar ruled from a hilltop fortress, and his henchmen set off bombs in the middle of the city and executed police in their beds.

And today, in that same neighbo...

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C40 Mayors agree to bold and concrete actions to meet Paris Agreement

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, January 5, 2017 In : Climate change 
From: buildup.eu

One year after the critical Paris Climate Agreement, global mayors from the world’s megacities met in Mexico City from 30 November to 2 December 2016 at the C40 Mayors Summit to commit to turn the climate deal agreed by nation states from aspiration to action.

The mayors welcomed Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, as the group’s new chair and discussed findings from Deadline 2020: How Cities Will Get the Job Done, the critical research released by C40 in partnership with Arup. A...
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New paper: "Converging Urban Agendas: Toward Healthy and Sustainable Communities"

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 In : Sustainable cities 
Just published in the journal Social Sciences! Find it here.

Abstract

In light of recent developments such as the COP21 Paris climate agreement, the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, and the Habitat III Conference, there is increasing recognition of the role of human settlements as key components of both global challenges and global solutions. “Urban sustainability” under various names has matured over the last three decades not only in planning and related fields, ...
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What is the business case for the Sustainable Development Goals?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, May 5, 2016 In : Global 

From: Nicola Ruane One Young World Ambassador and Huffington Post.

What is the business case for the Sustainable Development Goals?

This was the question that I answered at a recent event at the UN in Geneva to bring business, the UN and civil society together.

Why are the SDGs relevant for business? Why should business care? How can businesses approach the SDGs? What are the challenges we face?

The goals have been welcomed by the sustainable business community, it’s an important milestone for...


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