C40 in the News
Reuters: Cash-strapped cities struggle to clean up their climate act
James Alexander, director of the finance programme at the C40 network of megacities committed to tackling climate change, said its 91 cities would by 2025 have used up their share of the "carbon budget" still available to hold global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius if they don't reduce emissions more rapidly. The C40 group is working to "dramatically cut the curve" of planet-warming emissions from cities, which produce more than 70 percent of total global emissions, but they need better access to finance to help them do it, he said.
Ethical Corporation: Why mayors must lead on climate change
The historic Paris Agreement to curb climate change may have been signed by 175 heads of state and ministers more than a year ago, but it will be mayors across the globe who will have to make it happen – or face the consequences if they fail. Research released last month by Arup for C40 Cities, a group of 91 of the world’s cities collaborating on climate action, found that 40% of emissions reductions needed to comply with the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping temperature rises to 1.5C by the end of the century could be made by city governments working with their partners.
Elle: Women4Climate : et si vous deveniez une héroïne du climat ?
Anne Hidalgo, la maire de Paris et la présidente de C40-Cities pour trois ans, lance aujourd’hui un appel à toutes les femmes qui rêvent de s’investir de manière concrète. Souvenez-vous, début décembre, nous avions publié le manifeste des femmes maires qui s’engagent pour le climat. Le 15 mars dernier, une dizaine d’entre d’elles se sont réunies lors de la conférence Women4Climate à New York et ont confirmé leur détermination à changer le monde.
Reuters: Glitter or green? Sydney's big bash gives way to speed climate action
Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore, a C40 Member, re-allocates approximately $560,000 of funding for the iconic annual Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve party at the Sydney Opera House to ramping up action on climate change. At a meeting late last year of the C40 network of cities that are leading on climate change action, she said, "the message to all city leaders was that to have any realistic chance of meeting the Paris Agreement, we had to do twice as much in half the time."
Bloomberg: No Matter What Trump Does, Big Cities Pressing for Cleaner Cars
The auto industry can’t count on a rollback of environmental standards by U.S. President Donald Trump to escape increasing worldwide pressure to make vehicles cleaner. Rather than national and international bodies, the big push for change is coming from urban centers like Paris, Seoul and Mexico City, and U.S. states such as California, where leaders –– many of them C40 mayors –– are reacting to the health hazards caused by deteriorating air quality.
Wired: Los Angeles Says It’ll Stay In the Paris Climate Agreement It Isn’t In
Los Angeles, where C40 member Eric Garcetti is mayor, has a population of over 10 million people, a quarter of California’s humans. Sea level rise and pollution matter there. Cities don’t make international treaties. Countries do. But the slightly strange terms of the Paris Agreement—every signatory agreed to voluntary cuts in emissions called Nationally Determined Contributions, and the US Senate didn’t ratify it before it became international law—well, maybe a mayor could sign?
La Vanguardia: Hidalgo: "Las ciudades son un contrapoder a Gobiernos que no ven la realidad"
La alcaldesa de París, la socialista Anne Hidalgo, reivindicó hoy, en una entrevista exclusiva con Efe, el papel político de las ciudades, que "pueden ser un contrapoder a los Gobiernos que no ven la realidad".
Reuters: Battling old habits, the mayor of Warsaw launches climate revolution
When Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, the mayor of Warsaw, introduced bus lanes on one of the city's main arteries to cut travel times by public transport and to encourage more people to use it, not everybody in the Polish capital was impressed.
El Pais: Ciudades (SOS)tenibles
Si la mayor amenaza para la sostenibilidad del planeta se origina en los entornos urbanos, desde este ámbito se tienen que buscar soluciones
The Guardian: The death of diesel: has the one-time wonder fuel become the new asbestos?
The political leaders that make up the C40 group of global megacities are all taking steps to crack down on diesel vehicles and reduce smog.