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Around the world, mayors and local leaders are taking steps to tackle climate change whilst addressing issues of poverty and social inequality. Through a series of short films and an accompanying print publication – all made possible with generous support from the Citi Foundation – C40 is excited to feature six mayors who are delivering inclusive climate action in their cities.  

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Speaking at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City, Mayors from cities across the United States have urged president-elect Donald Trump to recognize the real and urgent threat that climate change poses to the world’s cities, and to support them as they enact policies and programs to combat climate change

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Today, C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD. The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.

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At the start of December 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the COP21 climate negotiations, regarded by many as a pivotal moment in determining global climate action. C40 was fortunate to be there on the ground to help showcase innovative and effective climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Through a series of fantastic events at Paris City Hall, Le Bourget and other iconic locations around the city, mayors from around the world gathered to celebrate successful projects and plans, share their stories and knowledge, voice their ideas, and establish opportunities for action over the next 5 years and beyond.

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According to Mayor Hales, world leaders have done mayors a favor, capturing popular attention and making climate change both a moral and political issue. Portland, like many C40 cities, has used that momentum to pass a divestment policy; green bonds resolution; energy performance benchmarking for large commercial buildings; and soon a fossil fuel export policy. Read more about this moral imperative, and watch Mayor Hales speak on the context of his city's divestment strategy.

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new report shows that city action is revving the engine of the early electric vehicle market. The report – born from a collaboration between C40, the International Council on Clean Transportation, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the 11th Hour Project –catalogues actions cities, states and regions are taking to promote electric vehicle in an effort to better understand which practices are linked to electric vehicle sales.

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At the City Climate Leadership Awards ceremony in New York in September, the C40 News team interviewed representatives from several of the winning cities. The interviews, which were also syndicated on Denmark’s largest TV network, gave the winners an opportunity to share the successes of their projects, the impact cities can have in a global context, and what it means to be part of C40.

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For decades Portland has been ahead of the curve on a number of sustainability issues within the United States, from its successful streetcar project to its pioneering “ecodistrict” movement. The city takes this reputation as an innovator seriously, said Mayor of Portland Charlie Hales, during his interview at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg. “We work hard to keep pushing that edge.”

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