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    Earlier this week, C40 Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg spoke to the BBC about how cities are leading the charge to lessen the impacts of climate change, while also reducing the emissions that contribute to the environmental crisis. The Mayor conducted the interview via satellite from Rio soon after announcing the history-making commitment that C40 cities will make to curbing emissions. View the full BBC interview here.

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    During the C40 Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo a year ago, Mayor Bloomberg made it clear that “cities are on the front line” in the fight against climate change. During the Summit, the C40 Steering Committee looked ahead to Rio+20 and drafted a communiqué for Rio participants to highlight the increasingly important role cities play in adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change. The final document submitted to the UN called for cities to receive greater recognition and support, as well as a seat at the table in international negotiations on sustainable development.

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    Cities are increasingly where the most innovative solutions to society’s challenges get their start. C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg aims to accelerate this trend by launching a new philanthropic effort to spur cities onwards in trying untested ideas of great promise. Yesterday, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the Mayors Challenge, which will award $9 million to five US cities that come up with bold ideas for solving major problems and improving quality of life.

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    Yesterday, C40 Cities Chair Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed KPMG International’s “Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+ 20” Summit. In his address, he lauded the progress PlaNYC, New York City’s sustainability agenda, has made over the past five years to improve the quality of air, water and life in New York. In particular, he emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships in meeting sustainability goals, noting the innovative steps New York has taken together with its real estate industry to improve the energy efficiency of both existing and new buildings – thereby tackling the greatest source of emissions in the city.

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    The Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin recently examined the importance of cities to climate change. Cities, the article says, are uniquely positioned to lead on climate change mitigation efforts. The piece notes that while historically cities are contributors to environmental issues: “it can also be said that, going forward, environmental remediation is not possible without them.”

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