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‘Liveable Streets’ is a seminal 1981 work by the urban designer and theorist Donald Appleyard that compared the experiences of people living on three similar streets in San Francisco. The main variable between the streets was different levels of car traffic: one with 2,000 vehicles per day, one with 8,700 vehicles per day and a third with 15,750 vehicles per day. Appleyard’s key finding was that residents of the high traffic streets were less likely to know their neighbours and more likely to feel lonely and isolated from their community. The evidence of the negative physical, mental and social effects caused by living near busy roads has only grown in the subsequent years. By Mark Watts, C40 Executive Director

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As we gear up for 2018, which will be an important turning point for staying on track with the goals of the Paris Agreement, it is interesting to look back to 2017 and take stock of the strong commitments that our C40 cities have made to climate action. Together and individually, we are “the new face of leadership” – as described by former US President Barack Obama at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago earlier this month. Together we offer hopes that we can and will address one of the greatest challenges of this century. The work has started in our cities and this month’s announcements in Chicago, Accra and Paris are raising the bar for 2018.

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Moderated by Seth Schultz, Director of Science and Innovation at C40 Cities, this high-level side event examined the role of science in informing more effective urban climate action. The event aimed to highlight practical solutions and build engagement towards the 2018 Science Conference on Cities and Climate Change on March 5-7 in Edmonton, Canada. 

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Scenario planning and modelling tools, which help cities explore the future in different ways are a powerful way of supporting the decisions we make about our cities. Building a better understanding of how cities could change in the future, and being able to quickly and easily explore the impact of different policy and technology choices is essential if cities are to play a leading role in helping to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. 

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