C40 in the News
Grist: Cities and companies have pledged to fight climate change. Now what?
In an analysis released last Thursday, C40 Cities — a coalition targeting urban climate action — details the barriers cities face when attempting to combat a changing climate. The group cites a lack of city-country coordination, a failure to make a convincing case for climate action, and, importantly, an inability to secure funding for green projects as among the hurdles facing efficient and effective climate action.
South China Morning Post: Cities can fill the gaps left by dithering states
Dan Koon-hong Chan, working for the Asian Development Bank's Cities Development Initiative for Asia, considers the role that cities have to play in climate action.
Guardian: We've been mayors of New York, Paris and Rio. We know climate action starts with cities
The Paris climate agreement, already signed by more than 175 countries, was successful in large part because national governments recognized cities’ progress in reducing carbon emissions. On Thursday, as world leaders gather in Washington DC to discuss how to reach the goals set in Paris, they should focus on helping cities do even more, and act faster, to reduce those emissions.
Digital Look: Climate friendly cities could save the world $22tn
C40's Seth Schultz: "There is now increasing evidence that emissions can decrease while economies continue to grow. Becoming more sustainable and putting the world – specifically cities – on a low carbon trajectory is actually feasible and good economics.”
CityLab: How Hyperconnected Cities Are Taking Over the World
Author, Parag Khanna, discusses how political geography is not determinant anymore, because cities are more important.
Citiscope: With Paris Agreement signed, can cities become climate solution at Habitat III?
Mark Watts welcomes the signing of the Paris Agreement and warns, "...there is now no time to waste in making the aspirations of the Paris Agreement a reality.”
Renewable Energy Magazine: Taking the lead on renewables – An interview with Melbourne's Councillor Arron Wood
Arron Wood talks about the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, which has successfully united a group of large-scale energy consumers, inspiring them to invest in a long-term electricity contract spanning at least 10 years and which is about creating the jobs of the future, supporting innovation while diversifying Melbourne’s energy supply
83 Degrees Media: Retrofitting Tampa Bay for climate change – From understanding to action
Many cities facing similar regional challenges are fast learning that they can’t go it alone. “Regional planning is so important for climate change. Without regional coordination, it’s hard to get that long-term vision for what a city and region can be, and to get there.
Think Progress: The Paris Effect – What Progress Has The World Made Since The Historic Climate Accord?
Some of what is happening is new, some is not new, but when you put it all together, it is staggering,... Paris is acting as a catalyst and accelerant.
Huffington Post: From Paris to the Streets – Cities Lead in Implementing Global Climate Action
C40 Chair and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, join Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall to welcome the signing of the Paris Agreement on Earth Day