Category: Environment

  • Connected & Autonomous Cars Are Using More Power and Fuel

    A study published by researchers at the University of Michigan and the Ford Motor Innovation Center in February, shows that autonomous cars could have a substantial energy toll, effectively making them more polluting than current manually driven vehicles The technology installed in connected vehicles and the infrastructure — such as Vehicle-to-Everything technologies — require a significant amount of power to […]

  • C40 Launches Competition for Global Cities to a Sustainable Future

    15 of the world’s great cities launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative has already identified 46 underutilized spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots and abandoned buildings, a former airport, historical mansions, underused car parks, and […]

  • European Mayors Respond to Trump as he Announces Pullback from Paris Accord

    Donald Trump has announced that he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Paris Mayor and C40 Chair Anne Hidalgo and several other global C40 mayors have made statements reacting to the news. European Mayors (Clockwise): Raymond Johansen (Oslo), Karin Wanngård (Stockholm), Anne Hidalgo (Paris), Giuseppe Sala (Milan) “Climate change is real: it […]

  • When you live at 78ºN you become an expert in everything

    When you live at 78ºN you become an expert in everything

    Christin Kristoffersen, former mayor of Longyearbyen, talks about the challenges and adventures of daily life in the Arctic Circle, and the growing impact of climate change. By Zairon (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons “In the arctic we see the changes first,” Kristoffersen said at the first Smart Island World Congress in Majorca last month. Climate change […]

  • When the waters are rising…

    Kiribati’s former president Anote Tong faces climate change head on and sees hope, even as islands become an early warning system for the international community. For the island nations of the South Pacific, climate change is a reality that is already causing people to migrate. The rise in sea level has made some low-lying islands […]

  • Anne Hidalgo and Arnold Schwarzenegger Announce Collaboration in Climate Change Fight

    Anne Hidalgo during the C40 Cities Women4Climate event in New York City C40 Cities and R20 Regions of Climate Action agree to work together to ensure implementation of the Paris Agreement Organisations led by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, two of the world’s most powerful advocates for action […]

  • NYC Solar Power Capacity Surpasses 100 Megawatts

    Citywide solar capacity quadruples under Mayor de Blasio, supporting more than 2,700 jobs The City’s municipal solar portfolio alone is set to triple in size to nearly 25 MW with a new power purchase agreement to provide 88 sites, including 66 New York City schools, with solar panels, bringing the total to over 100 solar schools […]

  • Mayors of Paris and London Announce Car Scoring System to Curb Pollution

    Car buyers will soon be able to identify the most environmentally friendly models on the road and choose new cars that will help reduce air pollution in cities The mayors of Paris and London, Anne Hidalgo and Sadiq Khan The announcement was made following a closed-door meeting between mayors, senior city officials and representatives of several major […]

  • Islands of the World Get Their Own Smart Congress

    The three plenary sessions will look into the role of islands as committed examples of sustainability; islands in a connected world; and change-makers and economic development. After six years of successful Smart City Expo World Congresses in Barcelona, the island of Majorca will host one that focuses exclusively on islands. It comes at the request […]

  • “London’s toxic air is an outrage” says Sadiq Khan

    Mayor launches first Low Emission Bus Zone to tackle toxic air‎ The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today delivered the capital’s first ever Low Emission Bus Zone in one of the most polluted areas of London, Putney High Street. The clean bus zone, which runs a total of 145 buses on seven scheduled routes, will now […]