Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

December 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. This type of rapid growth creates new and higher demand for resources, especially in the transport sector, a large source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, as well as an inescapable energy cost.[read more]

The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

July 23, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change and Urbanization

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. They will have to deal with Climate Change.[read more]

Powering Our Urban Future: Spotlight on Turkey

March 10, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

Turkey and Urban Future

Istanbul is a perfect setting for a close look at the energy and sustainability challenges of our increasingly urban planet. With 14 million people, Istanbul is the largest city in Europe. But energy demand across Turkey is growing at a rate more typical of much of Asia–about 45 percent per year.[read more]

More Evidence That America May Have Reached 'Peak Car'

November 23, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

America and Peak Car

According to research from the Public Interest Research Group, young Americans between the ages of 16 and 34 are driving 23 percent less than they did in 2001. All Americans are driving less, but the decline is even steeper for Millennials. In study after study, the trend is stark.[read more]

Electricity: Ready for Centre Stage (Part 2 - Energy Challenges in an Interdependent World

March 1, 2010 by Pierre Guimond

    Here, then, are some of the energy-related challenges that form the backdrop to our world’s heightened electricity expectations…   The last two decades have seen some extraordinary changes in the world – changes that have only been accelerating. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, centers...[read more]

Why Stewart Brand’s new book is a must-read

January 5, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Many books shaped my thinking about business, economics and the environment during 2009. Last year was the year that I discovered Nassim Nicholas Taleb and The Black Swan, to my great delight, as well as the year that I began to explore behavioral economics by reading Daniel Ariely’s Predictably Irrational and Nudge by Cass Sunstein and...[read more]

The energy water nexus

February 3, 2009 by Lou Grinzo

Not that we needed any more proof that our energy consumption patterns are affecting the planet’s hydrosphere, but the evidence keeps piling up… Water - another global ‘crisis’? : If you look at the numbers, it is hard to see how many East African communities made it through the long drought of 2005 and 2006. Among people who study...[read more]


June 25, 2008 by RyanAvent

The Times: Suddenly, the economics of American suburban life are under assault as skyrocketing energy prices inflate the costs of reaching, heating and cooling homes on the distant edges of metropolitan areas… Across the nation, the realization is taking hold that rising energy prices are less a momentary blip than a change with lasting...[read more]