Climate-smart transport is a key piece of the sustainable development puzzle

When it comes to climate change, the transport sector is both a vicmo-rabat-tram-lukakikina-shutterstocktim and a perpetrator. On the one hand, transport infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as higher temperatures, increased precipitations, and flooding. At the same time, transport is responsible for 23% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and is one of the sectors where emissions are rising the fastest. This statistic alone makes it pretty clear that there will be no significant progress on climate action without greener, more sustainable mobility.

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These are the world’s most sustainable cities

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What does it mean to be a ‘sustainable city’, and which cities around the worldr8ansexefvgog2knfwagqi3r2drh44rbuin_samryey are best at it? A new index sets out to find the most successful from a list of 100 cities. The ranking from Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm, and the Centre for Economic and Business Research, assesses the sustainability of cities based on three dimensions. The ranking also highlights the pressure cities are under – from population growth to natural disasters.

Ahead of the next Habitat conference, the urban world we want

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There is no better way to mark this year’s World Cities Day than reflecting on the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the recent Habitat III conference in Quito. The agenda reaffirms the political commitment to sustainable urbanization and provides a framework to guide global urban development over the next 20 years, based on a shared vision of cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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