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Challenging the banality of the bus stop

Public transportation is an important issue for commuters all over the world – every day millions of passengers use it to go to work, school or run errands. At the moment, one of the most stringent problems of urban public transportation is represented by bus/tram stops. This is brought about by several reasons, among which …

Copenhagen did it again – the two-wheel takeover

The city has definitely hit a remarkable milestone recently, when bikes outnumbered cars for the first time in the modern history of the city. As traffic congestion is a major issue in cities across the globe, the Danish capital managed to demonstrate the viability of bikes as a solution. Will other cities follow this model? …

Forest Cities for China’s Air Pollution Plague

It is well-known that China has been struggling with remarkably high levels of air pollution lately. There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel – forest cities, blanketed in greenery, designed to absorb carbon dioxide and fight pollution. Stefano Boeri is hardly a new name in green architecture, oriented towards sustainable growth. He …

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Sustainable cities: the challenge of pollution

In developed countries, after decades of high-pollution landfill practices, waste collection and waste treatment systems have moved toward the recovery of materials (recycling and re-use) and of energy (incineration). These less polluting activities have made our trash a profitable industry with excellent market expectations, consequently attracting energy multinationals and recycling companies, as well as mafia groups. …

Ljubljana – The European Green Capital 2016

Ljubljana is a city that will surprise you and exceed your expectations. It is unique – small by surface area, but huge in its hospitality and quality of life. In its 170 square meters you will find all the characteristics of big metropolises and at the same time, you will be fascinated by its greenery, cleanness, …

The Port of Oakland drastically reduces diesel emissions

It has been a decade since the port managed to cut their diesel emissions by an impressive 76%. Replacing old cargo trucks, using more electric power and cleaner burning fuel are among the means used to reach this remarkable result. Truck emission went down 98%, while ship emissions dropped 75%. The process started back in …

Paris Agreement: city reforms are crucial for achieving targets

The Paris agreement was signed in December 2015 and came into force on the 4th of November, 2016. Countries have agreed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and cap global temperature rise at 2 degrees Celsius above 1990 levels. Cities around the world account for 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which means that …

The United Smart Cities Project

The United Smart Cities Project is a global initiative started by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in cooperation with several high level and expert project partners. The main objectives encompass promoting sustainable development in cities at a global level, supporting cities in transition and developing countries to create smarter and more sustainable urban solutions. In …

“Cities lead, nations follow” – How and why cities are defining this century

Following our article “Embracing the metropolitan revolution”, we now turn our focus to why cities should lead decision-making in the 21st century and how cities can take this lead.  It is time to rethink the power hierarchy and define which system can empower citizens the most in order to face current economic and social challenges.  Why …

The Via Verde debate in Mexico

“Via Verde” (Green Way) tries to reduce high pollution levels and make Mexico City less grim. It plans to give clean oxygen to 2500 people and filter all type of contaminants. However, despite the motivations, the Via Verde has received criticism of all types.  The project first came to light when Change.org published the initiative and collected …