Helsinki’s Cool Green Factor
Aug02

Helsinki’s Cool Green Factor

Helsinki has released its new City Plan which sets the direction of the city’s growth over the next 30 years and beyond, all the while considering an increasing population and climate change. Over the next 30 years, Helsinki’s population is expected to increase from 621,000 to over 800,000 inhabitants. With urban development commonly reducing the number of green areas in cities, Helsinki’s urban areas will be more prone to climatic...

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Building a climate ready Boston
Jul19

Building a climate ready Boston

With Boston under threat from climate change, the city has released its Climate Ready Boston Report that will guide Bostonians towards a more resilient future. As the century progresses, Boston is likely to experience more extreme temperatures and weather events. It is projected that the city’s summer average temperature of 69 degrees over the 1981-2010 period will increase to 76 degrees by 2050 and 84 degrees by 2100, while the...

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HafenCity: A resilient European city on the waterfront
Jul05

HafenCity: A resilient European city on the waterfront

Globally, rising urban populations are increasing the number of people, and the amount of infrastructure, exposed to climate change-related extreme weather events. At the same time, the growth of cities has contributed towards climate change through increased emissions. HafenCity, a resilient European city on the waterfront One city that is exploring urban solutions that protect both people and infrastructure from climate change,...

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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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