Transforming Toronto’s future
Jun21

Transforming Toronto’s future

Urban areas account for 54% of the world’s population in 2014, yet cities account for 70-75% of natural resource consumption and contribute towards environmental degradation in areas far beyond their boundaries. At the same time, cities are increasingly vulnerable to a variety of climatic risks due to their concentration of people, infrastructure and economic activity. Transforming Toronto’s future One city that is taking steps to...

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Ontario building a low-carbon future
Jun07

Ontario building a low-carbon future

Many governments, at the city-, state- and national-level, have implemented technology challenges to spur the private sector in scaling-up game-changing green technologies that increase resource efficiency, lower water and energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One of the latest green technology challenges has been issued by Ontario. Ontario’s 2030 Solutions Challenge Ontario’s 2030 Solutions Challenge is an...

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A smart Brussels sprouts up
May31

A smart Brussels sprouts up

With the global pace of urbanization unprecedented, cities around the world will need to become smart in how they reduce emissions, use resources efficiently and become resilient to extreme weather events. A smart Brussels sprouts up One city leading the way in using technology and smart initiatives to mitigate climate change, encourage efficiency and enhance resilience is Brussels. How green is your electricity? Brussels’...

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A climate-ready city one drop at a time
May24

A climate-ready city one drop at a time

Cities consume around 75% of the world’s energy and produce more that 76% of all carbon emissions. While cities are major contributors to climate change they are at the same time highly vulnerable to climatic risks. In the context of water, cities around the world are at risk of: Heatwaves: Prolonged periods of heat will have significant consequences for human health (death and disease) Water scarcity: Warmer and drier climates will...

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Pure Water, Pure Gold for San Diego
May17

Pure Water, Pure Gold for San Diego

San Diego imports 85% of its water supply from the Colorado River and Northern California Bay Delta. Over the past 15 years, the cost of importing the water has tripled with the current cost of imported water ($1,200 to $1,400) expected to double in the next 10 years. In addition, the city will become more vulnerable to droughts, climate change and natural disasters as the century progresses. To lower operational costs and become more...

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Sydney’s water blueprint
Apr26

Sydney’s water blueprint

Cities across the globe face long-term challenges from the direct and indirect impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. In light of this, many cities are implementing resilience strategies to ensure that people living and working in cities survive and thrive no matter what shocks or stresses they encounter. One city leading the way is Sydney, a city of over 5.5 million people and Australia’s leading global city with...

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