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Climate change and cities

With more than half of the world's population now living in cities - and many more set to live there by mid-century - urban efforts to cut emissions and adapt to climate change will determine not just the comfort of future residents but whether global efforts to curb climate change will work

Sierra Leone names Africa's first chief heat officer Kim Harrisberg
With solar power push, Los Angeles seeks green future for all Avi Asher-Schapiro
Green-minded Glasgow seeks to heat homes from its river and air Sonia Elks
City 'heat officers' take aim at climate change's 'silent killer' Carey L. Biron
As cities bake on a warmer planet, insurers cook up heatwave cover Laurie Goering
Incomes dip for South Asia's women home workers as heat rises Anuradha Nagaraj
Climate action 'for our people, not to them', cities say Laurie Goering
Colombia's Medellin plants 'green corridors' to beat heat Anastasia Moloney
Coastal cities seen unprepared as IPCC flags climate risk hotspots Beh Lih Yi
Facing COVID-19 and climate risks, Nairobi ramps up green efforts Wesley Langat
From Seattle to Seoul:10 cities going green amid COVID-19 Anastasia Moloney
Green champion Lisbon backs city-centre living after tourism dive Laurie Goering
Eat or stay cool? Cities test ways to protect poor from heat Laurie Goering
Colombia's Medellin pushes 'eco-city' aims in coronavirus recovery Anastasia Moloney
U.S. mayors eye redoubled climate role as Biden preps new policy Carey L. Biron
U.S. tree-planting push to curb warming, boost jobs Carey L. Biron
As Milan eases lockdown, mayor says city is ready for green change Laurie Goering
Pedal power: In lockdown, Tunisia's cyclists fight for space Layli Foroudi
Cities hastily add pandemics to list of 21st-century threats Megan Rowling
As Cape Town races to save water, 'Day Zero' draws closer Kim Harrisberg
Nature boost for Berlin as Amazon funds city climate protection Megan Rowling
As supplies run low, Mexico City seeks durable fix for water woes Christine Murray
'This is not a drill,' says Barcelona, declaring climate emergency Megan Rowling
Cities experiment with big ideas to confront 'climate emergency' Megan Rowling
As lockdown clears the air, Cairo looks to keep pollution low Menna A. Farouk
Zimbabwe's parched Bulawayo rations to save dwindling water Lungelo Ndhlovu
Families sleep in water lines as drought grips Zimbabwe's Bulawayo Lungelo Ndhlovu
Youth activists leave little room for climate inaction, mayors say Umberto Bacchi
Coronavirus lockdowns make cities more walkable Rina Chandran
As climate impacts hit, cities are still struggling to prepare Anna Scholz-Carlson
Tokyo Olympics to go green, help other cities strike gold Rina Chandran
Tech route to greener cities only 'smart' if residents follow Megan Rowling
Minnesota city ponders new boom as a climate migrant destination Sebastien Malo
Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink Rina Chandran
Can Dubai go green with flying taxis and 'rooms on wheels'? Umberto Bacchi
In Helsinki, low-carbon ratings aim to make choosing green easier Anna Scholz-Carlson
Trees alone can't win fight against soaring heat, cities warned Zoe Tabary
Cool U.S. cities prepare as future 'havens' for climate migrants Sebastien Malo
South American cities harness tech and nature to tackle floods Anastasia Moloney
Plan to move Indonesian capital may require $30 bln - minister Reuters
Paris builds a zero-carbon future - with a social conscience Zoe Tabary
Chennai needs more water? Try saving it at home, official urges Megan Rowling
National governments told to back cities to win climate fight Megan Rowling
From roads to water, Nairobi slum upgrades bear fruit for locals Wesley Langat
With drones and e-vehicles, China crafts green-tech megalopolis Marianne Bray
As sea levels rise, U.N. climbs aboard floating-cities push Sebastien Malo
Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal Karla Mendes
Major cities can fight climate change and make billions - study Michael Taylor
Drowning in data? Cities develop code for smarter future Megan Rowling
Many U.S. cities cannot measure climate emissions progress Sebastien Malo
Despite funding cut, cities vow to continue resilience push Megan Rowling
Fast-growing African cities at 'extreme risk' from climate change Megan Rowling
Accra tackles floods, waste, pollution with resilience plan Nellie Peyton
Bangkok fights floods with thirsty landscaping Rina Chandran
Green mosques and schools help Amman push for zero emissions Adela Suliman
'Silent emergency' as heat risks rise in Hong Kong - and globally Marianne Bray
Can Qatar's low-carbon city show a greener Middle East future? Heba Kanso
On the road to zero carbon, Portland pinches off fossil fuels Gregory Scruggs
As groundwater runs short, water battles grow in parched Chennai Anuradha Nagaraj
Homes build cohesion between Syrian refugees and Jordanians Adela Suliman
Shopping by kayak in Denmark's greenest neighbourhoods Lin Taylor
In traffic-tied Nairobi, the way forward may be on foot Kagondu Njagi
In bid for healthy cities, Ethiopia aims to boost urban green Elias Gebreselassie
Battered by climate change, U.S. cities discuss 'managed retreat' Carey L. Biron
Zero carbon at sea? Rotterdam port eyes a greener future Isabelle Gerretsen
Vancouver mayor departs with 'Greenest City' goal uncertain Gregory Scruggs
Philippine resort city chooses 'morally correct' low-carbon path Rina Chandran
Cycling city Copenhagen sprints to be first carbon-neutral capital Lin Taylor
Boomtown Seattle aims to add jobs - and subtract emissions Gregory Scruggs
As groundwater levels plunge, Lahore begins turning off taps Waqar Mustafa
Heatwave threats rarely an urban priority, even as risks rise Laurie Goering
Fearing tourist drought, Cape Town charts a new water relationship Laurie Goering
Cities face big rise in heat, flood risks by 2050 - researchers Laurie Goering
Nairobi looks for new water to ease its growing thirst Kagondu Njagi
South Africa aims for 'zero carbon' buildings in green push Munyaradzi Makoni
African cities pledge to cut emissions to zero by 2050 Eromo Egbejule
Falling Freetown Nicky Milne and Timothy Moss
Climate battle will be won or lost in cities Adela Suliman
Five ways to make parched cities cooler Adela Suliman
Carbon cuts could help 15 cities each avoid 1 mln early deaths Sebastien Malo
In the rush to develop, Asia's cities advised to think green Kieran Guilbert
Water rationing in Brazil's capital to end by December Karla Mendes
Nature calling: Crammed cities go green for climate, health Sophie Davies
Look at consumption when assigning blame for global warming -study Sebastien Malo
Cities, scientists unite against climate change at U.N. summit Sebastien Malo
LA makes plans for sudden shocks, long-term calamity Ellen Wulfhorst
With pumps and canals, Sri Lanka’s capital moves to cut flood risk Amantha Perera
Search for new urban water sparks conflict in parched Malawi Charles Pensulo
European cities need to adapt now to future drought, floods Alex Whiting
Montreal mayor pins climate hopes on public transport boost Sophie Hares
Researchers team up with cities to make resilience a reality Michael Taylor
Women are an "unstoppable" force for climate action Anne Hidalgo
Parched Cape Town, flood-prone Miami help confront water risks Megan Rowling
Hotter summer highs means cities face increasingly deadly risks Laurie Goering
Financing sustainable infrastructure: a tale of two cities Sarah Colenbrander & Denise Chan
Climate-resilient, migrant-friendly cities could bail out Dhaka Saleemul Huq
With Irma - and power cut - Miami gets taste of deadly heat Adriana Brasileiro
Poorest bear brunt of climate shocks in cities Zoe Tabary
From jams to floods, can Indonesia's "Big Durian" be fixed? Michael Taylor
From better bulbs to more trees, Assisi takes on climate change Alex Whiting
World Bank invests $4.5 bln to arm cities against climate change Sophie Hares
Sponges, forests and air corridors: how nature can cool cities Astrid Zweynert
Cooling vests aim to help migrant workers weather the Gulf's heat Heba Kanso
Drought-hit Cape Town learns resilience lessons the hard way Megan Rowling
What real action on climate change looks like Bill De Blasio
Extreme heat – an "unseen threat" – burns US urban poor Sebastien Malo
Cartagena struggles to get climate plan into action Fabiola Ortiz
Greek cities eke out resources to help the vulnerable Sophie Hares
Fighting climate change can boost jobs, cut inequality - NY mayor Sophie Hares
In Miami, battling sea level rise may mean surrendering land Adriana Brasileiro
As climate change drives child marriage, Bangladesh fights back Laurie Goering
Indian builders pledge "green" homes in race to meet climate goals Rina Chandran
City plan aims for flood-free growth in Argentina's Santa Fe Sophie Hares
Indigenous knowledge crucial to tackling climate change - experts Zoe Tabary
U.S. mayors rally to create 'groundswell of climate leadership' Adriana Brasileiro
From floods to disease, disaster risk rising in African cities Laurie Goering
California, other states vow to lead as Trump exits Paris deal Reuters
Cash-strapped cities struggle to clean up their climate act Megan Rowling
As cities surge, careful planning needed for the 'invisible' poor Laurie Goering
Cities urged to 'embrace new reality' of mass migration Sophie Hares
Sydney's big bash gives way to speed climate action Laurie Goering
Freewheeling Bangkok lays path to safer, more liveable city Thin Lei Win
Cities best armed to fight climate change: UN climate chief Astrid Zweynert
INTERVIEW-India's "Diamond City" finds ways to keep its sparkle Thin Lei Win
Cities must lure private dollars fast to meet climate goals Alex Whiting
After Katrina, New Orleans learns to live with water Megan Rowling
From royalty to smart buildings, Stockholm takes climate action Laurie Goering
'Ability to resist' makes women able climate leaders: Paris mayor Anna Pujol-Mazzini
In race to curb climate change, cities outpace governments Reuters
'No time for trial and error': Cape Town mayor in green push Laurie Goering
Despite city's new resident, Washington D.C. pushes climate action Laurie Goering
Climate change fight will be won or lost in cities: experts  Thin Lei Win
Can the UN Habitat summit help the urban poor? Chris Arsenault
Where are the world's most fragile cities? Robert Muggah
Cities forge world's largest alliance to curb climate change Sebastien Malo
Chaotic urbanisation puts cities in harm's way: UN Megan Rowling
Small cities unprepared for population flood Sophie Hares
FACTBOX-Rocketing urban growth challenges city resilience Sophie Hares
Kigali's poor bring rural self-help spirit to Rwanda's urban woes Kagondu Njagi
INTERVIEW-"Global policymakers don't lead revolutions, cities do" Zoe Tabary
Green future? East Asia's cities grapple with growth Thin Lei Win
Congested Mexico City must look skyward to grow: official Sophie Hares
What works to build urban resilience – and what doesn’t? Shreya Mitra and Joe Mulligan
Rising tide of climate migrants spurs Dhaka to seek solutions Laurie Goering
How to move on from disaster risk - literally Sohara Mehroze Shachi
Cities "woefully unprepared" for rising disaster risk - World Bank Laurie Goering
'Give us powers to raise climate change funds', say world's mayors Paola Totaro
Innovation needed to turn on climate cash tap for the poor Laurie Goering
Push to ward off disasters in Dhaka slum deters early marriage Laurie Goering
How to stay safe from climate threats? Talk to the neighbours Laurie Goering
As cities surge, $1.5 bln effort aims to make them sustainable Priya Dadlani
Which mega-cities offer best protection from climate change? Chris Arsenault
India names 20 cities for $7.5 billion smart makeover Reuters
Tanzanians evicted from flood-prone city areas have nowhere to go Kizito Makoye
Scant aid for low-caste villagers hit by Chennai floods -charities Nita Bhalla and Sandhya Ravishankar
Engineering firm sees climate change opportunity in cities Reuters
In Cameroon, harvesting floodwater brings better health Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Cities need to be democratic and livable, not just 'green' Camila Bustos
Tanzania gives free land to coax flood victims from disaster zones Kizito Makoye
Flood-hit Cameroon to demolish low-lying urban homes Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Mombasa draws up master plan to combat worsening flooding Anthony Langat
Nobel winners to help Asian cities tackle climate change Reuters
Drought-hit Rio braces for Carnival water shortages Adriana Brasileiro
From Bangkok to Bhutan, growing cities race to outrun disasters Alisa Tang
Will East Asia's exploding cities put more people in harm's way? Thin Lei Win
Build greener to tackle climate change, Arab cities urged Dina Zayed
Drought-hit Sao Paulo may 'get water from mud' Adriana Brasileiro
Ethiopia's fast-growing capital aims to become greener and cleaner Elias Gebreselassie
Russia's top cities wake up to need for climate adaptation Angelina Davydova
As floods threaten, Tanzania aims to build a megacity that works Kizito Makoye
Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions Megan Rowling
Green building design takes root in Kenya Justus Bahati Wanzala
Thai city uses CCTV, web to warn of floods Thin Lei Win
Plan ahead to cope with booming migration to cities: experts Laurie Goering
New scorecard aims to promote urban development without cars Samuel Mintz
Climate action must be part of city planning - urban leaders Samuel Mintz
Sweet potatoes replacing maize meal on urban Zimbabwe plates Marko Phiri
Indian cities face 'huge' risks without climate planning Samuel Mintz
Asia's poor city kids left out of disaster prevention: study Thin Lei Win
Food prices soar in Cameroon's cities as water runs short Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Zimbabwe's urban farmers lament rainwater loss Marko Phiri
Philippines urged to climate-proof cities, coastal areas Imelda V. Abano
New fund to build climate resilience in Asian cities Thin Lei Win
Pakistan moves to make cities more climate-resilient Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Solar panels make inroads in Cameroon's cities Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Land tenure key to helping urban displaced - experts Anastasia Moloney
Moving Asian cities to public transport crucial - experts Amantha Perera
Worsening drought drives Tanzania's youth to the cities Kizito Makoye
Lack of jobs slows migration to African cities Laurie Goering
Increasing demand and urbanisation challenge global food systems Lisa Anderson
Greener approach in Asian cities would protect millions from ... Thin Lei Win
Population growth, climate change drive need for urban rethink Amantha Perera
West India drought fuels migration to cities Darryl D'Monte
Planning for urban population surge will limit crises - experts Laurie Goering
Asian cities develop new indicators for 'climate resilience' Nita Bhalla
Migration to low-lying coastal cities putting lives at risk -... Laurie Goering
Floods push S.Asian cities to plan for climate change Amantha Perera
Climate migrants cause baby boom in Bangladesh's urban slums Syful Islam
Cities must tackle rising flood risk - World Bank Megan Rowling
A greener touch in China's cities can stem flood risks - World ... Dongwei Liu
Careful urban planning can help hold line on emissions - study Laurie Goering
Pakistan's cities wake up to climate threats Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
EXPERT VIEW: As cities grow, technology could help the world's ... Laurie Goering
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