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VIDEO: MasterCard’s Hany Fam & C40’s Mark Watts Discuss Cities & Climate Change at COP21

At the start of December 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the COP21 climate negotiations, regarded by many as a pivotal moment in determining global climate action. C40 was fortunate to be there on the ground to help showcase innovative and effective climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Through a series of…

As Paris Delegates Debate Emissions, Climate Adaptation Is Finding Solutions

While world leaders at the Conference of Parties (COP) meetings in Paris negotiate reductions of global carbon emissions, a number of organizations are already working to implement solutions to the problems those emissions create. Many conservation and development institutions are focused on applied solutions to both the current and future impacts of climate change. Such efforts are helping wildlife and ecosystems adapt to changing climatic conditions.

Paris Preview: C40 to Highlight Successful City Climate Action at COP21

The highly anticipated international climate negotiations – or COP21 – are underway this week in Paris. C40 mayors from around the world are on their way to Paris to share the story of successful city climate action with the international community, and add to the growing momentum supporting global climate action. C40 will be on…

On the first day of COP21, mayors and citizens of C40 cities urge nations to act on climate change

As the global climate talks get underway in Paris today, the world’s great cities continue to show why they are an integral part of the conversation on climate change. In a powerful message to world leaders, hundreds of thousands of people – by some estimates 785,000+ – from around the world took to the streets…

Fish Spawning Aggregations: an illusion of plenty

Spawning aggregations are massive gatherings of fish for breeding, a behavior shared by many species across the globe in many different habitats. They are predictable because they usually happen at the same place and at the same time each year, and humans have taken advantage of this to harvest large numbers of fish with minimal effort. But as harvesting keeps growing, fish populations keep diminishing.

The New Sustainable Development Goals: a Vision for Living in Harmony with Nature

There is now clearer recognition that sustainable development and biodiversity conservation are inextricably linked and that one cannot succeed without the other. The UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals address conservation of both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The new agenda specifies that UN member states will “conserve and sustainably use oceans and seas, freshwater resources, as well as forests, mountains and drylands and to protect biodiversity, ecosystems and wildlife.” And SDG targets specifically refer to endangered species, calling for an end to wildlife poaching and trafficking.

Chinese Megacities Guangzhou and Nanjing Join C40’s Global Network

Together these two cities represent nearly 20 milion urban citizens. Today, during the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group announced the addition of Chinese megacities Guangzhou and Nanjing to its global network of cities tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces both greenhouse gas emissions and…

It’s easy being green: New research supports green roof advancement in the U.S.

Richard Hawke, Associate Scientist and Plant Evaluation Manager, Chicago Botanic Garden Imagine looking down on a major cityscape and seeing a sea of lush greens dotted with vibrant blues, yellows and Mother Nature’s other favorite hues. Normally, that type of scenery can only be found in the Midwest, over expansive prairies or western plains. However,…

Calling All Cities: Three Chances for Global Recognition

Applications now open for C40 Cities Awards and Cities100 publication Today, C40 and Scandinavian think tank Sustainia launched a global call for submissions to the C40 Cities Awards and Cities100 publication.  All cities demonstrating leadership in taking climate action are encouraged to apply. Cities will have three chances for global recognition: 100 solutions will be…

Will Reform at FIFA Shrink the World Cup’s Environmental Footprint?

Pretty soon now, environmentalists won’t have Sepp Blatter to kick around anymore. But, surprisingly, they never really did. Blatter resigned last week as President of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the organization that runs the World Cup, the Women’s World Cup, the football (soccer) tournament at the Summer Olympics, and other international competitions. His…

Wild Fisheries: New Hope for the Blue Economy

By Amanda Leland What is the blue economy? Hundreds of people from around the world are gathered this week in Cascais, Portugal at The Economist’s World Ocean Summit 2015 to answer this question and discuss ways to catalyze growth in this important sector. Historically, capture fisheries have been the leading edge of the blue economy. Communities,…

Seeing Exploration in Madagascar Through New Eyes

A month ago, fresh from the intellectual stimulation of a scientific conference, I blogged about coevolving pathogens. Today, my hair is grown long and wild, my jeans threadbare, my shoes in tatters, and once more, I feel at a very far distance from that academic other-world in which I also live.

10 Ways That Latin America is Driving Global Climate Action

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. To celebrate these 10 Years of Results, we will be sharing our favorite lists of 10 throughout the year. Latin American cities have enormous potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – C40 research indicates that together they could cut emissions by 2,500 MtCO2 by 2030, or the equivalent…

An Earthship at the end of the world: Peace Boat passengers consider sustainable tourism in Ushuaia

Between October and April every year, scores of gleaming cruise ships bound for Antarctica join the usual array of fishing boats, oil tankers, and freighters at the harbor in Ushuaia, Argentina. Last month alone 22,000 cruise ship passengers and crew disembarked from ships like the Celebrity Infinity, the Golden Princess, and Peace Boat’s Ocean Dream.…

Mayors Voices: The Hon. Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor, Melbourne on the city’s award winning citizen engagement efforts

Like every other city in the world, Melbourne is facing the impacts of population growth, environmental change and financial constraints. The decisions we make now will affect our community well into the future. These are important issues and no government is adopting a ‘business as usual’ approach to the allocation and prioritisation of resources within…