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Cities can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cultivate a new fuel source by managing methane emissions from landfills, Lawson Oates, Director of Toronto’s Environment Office, told the C40 News Team. Methane is 21-times more potent than carbon dioxide as a GHG, making urban waste management efforts all the more important. And through creative planning and resource allocation, many cities can address the methane issue head on, turning a problem into an asset.

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Dealing with the climate crisis requires cooperation at the global level, while city-level planning and innovation around climate and energy issues also have a crucial role to play, Rio+20 Secretary General Sha Zukang said in remarks delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

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