Summary for Urban Policymakers of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming
The Summary for Urban Policymakers offers an indispensable tool for city officials and decision makers. As global population and economic centers, cities are key to delivering a 1.5°C future. How the … Continue reading
How does resilience change over time?
Knowing how climate hazards affect people’s resilience over time is crucial in designing more effective development and humanitarian interventions. This is particularly important in post-disaster contexts, where people’s livelihood opportunities … Continue reading
The city politics of an urban age: urban resilience conceptualisations and policies
Around the globe, cities seek to improve their resilience to face the stresses and shocks that are expected from global climate change and other threats. In implementing urban resilience policies, … Continue reading
A good life for all within planetary boundaries
Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of life for over 7 billion people without destabilizing critical planetary processes. Using indicators designed to measure a ‘safe … Continue reading
Scientific data and its limits: rethinking the use of evidence in local climate change policy
Climate policy is typically seen as informed by scientific evidence that anthropogenic carbon emissions require reducing in order to avoid dangerous consequences. However, agreement on these matters has not translated … Continue reading
Do we need a new economics for sustainable development?
Neoclassical theory at the micro and macro levels has influenced thinking patterns in a period when development has become unsustainable in many ways. Climate change is one example, loss of … Continue reading
Environmental Injustice across Transnational Borders
Alexa Dietrich co-launches the “Just Environments” series by reflecting on the environmental challenges faced by transnational communities—in this case, families that live on opposite sides of the US-Mexico border, whose … Continue reading
Don’t call me resilient again!
The Habitat III Conference’s New Urban Agenda hails a “paradigm shift” for pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the new call for “safe, resilient, sustainable and inclusive cities” remains … Continue reading
Getting international climate finance to the local level
With the rapid ratification of the Paris Agreement, international climate funds will be important in scaling-up developing countries climate action. Evidence shows climate finance reaching the local level – as … Continue reading