Cities Should Engage with the Clean Power Plan, Here's How

August 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

With the final Clean Power Plan rule out now, many states will soon begin a thorough stakeholder engagement process to build out implementation plans. And there's a powerful leadership voice we should be paying attention to - the voice of cities.[read more]

No Climate Change Progress without 'Climate Proofing' and Funding for Asia's Developing Countries

June 1, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Asia and Climate Risk

The Asian Development Bank recently called for “climate proofing” – to borrow a term used by Preety Bhandari, who heads ADB’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Unit – low-lying or coastal cities in Asia requiring the trifecta of sound integrated planning, adequate resources and political commitment.[read more]

Cities Face 'New Normal' from Climate Disruption: Cascading System Risks

April 6, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

City Systems and Climate Risks

New research reveals the majority of European cities are unprepared to deal with climate change risks that seem to be intensifying by the day. The report finds that there are major structural gaps in urban adaptation and resilience planning exacerbated further by a lack of information and funding.[read more]

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]

Counting Up Cities' Energy Savings and Climate Commitments

January 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Climate and Energy Policy

If all cities took aggressive new efforts to reduce energy use, by 2050 they could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of half of annual global coal use, according to a report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, representing 70 megacities.[read more]

State Officials Prod California Cities to Act on Drought

July 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Drought Crisis

As California enters the hottest and driest season of the year, state officials are acting today to prod California’s cities and water suppliers to take drought conditions more seriously – and none too soon. Emergency regulations drafted by the State Water Resources Control Board are clearly needed.[read more]

New Studies Suggest Many Coastal Cities Eventually To Be Abandoned With Antarctic Ice Collapse

May 15, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Coastal Sea Level Risk to Cities

New studies in Science and Geophysical Research Letters find that glaciers in the Amundsen Sea region of the great Antarctic ice sheet have begun the process of irreversible collapse. That by itself would raise sea levels 4 feet in the coming centuries.[read more]

Mega-Cities Acting on Climate Change Improve their Economic Competitiveness, and Introduce More Equality

February 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Cities and Climate Change

If large cities want to continue attracting cosmopolitan skilled professionals as well as the companies that employ them, they are going to have to offer an environment that doesn’t actually threaten the health of workers and their children.[read more]

Giant Gleaming Eggs Will Help Solve Urban Water, Energy and Waste Problems

January 3, 2014 by Tina Casey

Giant Eggs Solve Problems

Cities are takers: taking in energy and resources, while dumping out mountains of garbage and oceans of polluted wastewater. But take a look at the gigantic egg-shaped structures that dominate New York City’s Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant, and you’re looking at a sustainable future.[read more]

Which City Leads in Energy Efficiency?

September 22, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

City Energy Efficiency

Greentech Media is feeling pretty good about itself this week, because its headquarters is located in Boston, the city that earned the highest score in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s inaugural City Energy Efficiency Scorecard.[read more]

Meeting the Climate Change Challenge: Cities Plan for Worst and Hope for the Best

January 24, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

In many ways meeting the challenge of climate change and sustainable development is often most effective at the municipal level. Cities strike a balance between meeting the diverse needs of its inhabitants with the ability to adopt and adapt to the realities and challenges of global warming, development, infrastructure and energy.[read more]

What Does an EV-Friendly City Look Like?

March 5, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

What does it take to make a community friendly to electric vehicles (EV)? The Electric Drive Transportation Association has a pretty good idea, and is currently highlighting communities across the country that are employing effective strategies to encourage EV adoption.[read more]

90F Average- Coming To A Summer Near You

June 8, 2011 by Marc Gunther

When the Lovin’ Spoonful released Summer in the City in 1966, they weren’t thinking about climate change. But, it turns out, city dwellers can expect a lot more hot days than country folk, climate models tell us. As the Spoonful put it: Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn’t it a pity Doesn...[read more]


Interview: Siemens CTO on Building Energy-Efficient Cities

April 6, 2011 by Helmuth Ziegler
Siemens Energy CTO Dr. Michael Weinhold

At Hanover Fair I met Dr. Michael Weinhold, chief technology officer of Siemens Energy. Here are his thoughts on how to make cities more energy-efficient.[read more]

Cities, Climate Change and the Global Water Crisis | Audio

March 30, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

Last week for World Water Day (March 22nd, 2011), I participated in an exclusive webinar about how global cities are dealing with the challenge of managing their most essential resource. Listen to the audio at Sustainable Cities Collective (length 01:01:06)    or download here   Panelists included Dr. Paul Bowen...[read more]