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Roadmap 2050: Pathways to Achieving a Low-Carbon Economy in Europe

The European Climate Foundation's Roadmap 2050 project analyzes a series of ways in which Europe could achieve a zero carbon economy by 2050 and comes to some very positive conclusions about the feasibility of achieving that goal. Foremost, the project team asserts that a zero carbon energy sector is essential to the development of a zero carbon economy and that drastically reducing emissions and increasing renewable energy generation are more easily realizable than they are often considered...


Connecting Delta Cities

Connecting Delta Cities (CDC) was set up to share best practice in adapting to climate change and consequent sea level rises for delta cities. They are holding their first conference at the end of this month. With more than 50% of the world's population now living in urban areas and more than two thirds of the world's cities vulnerable to rising sea levels, water management and flood defense forms an important part of climate adaptation. (See the diagram, When Sea Levels Attack! from...


Shelter Centre: Transitional Shelter Standards + Conceptual Designs

Shelter Centre is a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, that aims to support the humanitarian community by providing emergency shelter guidance and technical personnel in post-conflict or post-natural disaster areas. Its Transitional Shelter Prototypes project has begun to produce its first outputs, in the form of conceptual emergency shelter designs by manufacturers of tents and other temporary shelters. These shelters are designed to meet a set of Transitional Shelter Standards -...


Green Roofs in Rotterdam: Studies, Plans, Outreach, and Reducing Flood Risks

The green roof on the Groothandelsgebouw. (Credit: Rotterdam Climate Initiative) Rotterdam's initiative to promote the creation of green roofs within the city has seen just under 10% of the roofs suitable for this converted into green roofs. The project is part of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, run by the Rotterdam city council, Port Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency with the aim of reducing the city's CO2 emissions by 50% and helping the city adapt to climate change....


Supply Chains, Be the Change, and Narrowband Networks

Looking back one, two and five years ago today (give or take!) on Worldchanging: 2009 The Backstory of Stuff: New Sites Enable More Transparency in the Supply Chain Kirstin Butler explores the increased accessibility of online mapping tools and wiki-style collaborations have changed the cartography of consumption. 2008 One Planet, Three Decades A classic Worldchanging essay by Alex Steffen in which he discusses what it really means to "be the change"... 2005 Narrowband - one solution for...


CABE's Large Scale Urban Design Guidelines

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the public body advising on architecture, urban design and public space in the UK, has recently launched this set of guidelines on how to develop a large scale urban design. It includes a substantial number of international examples of best practice and describes an approach to design that recognizes that many social, economic and environmental challenges need to be addressed at a larger scale than that of an individual borough...


Who Runs London?: New Guide Facilitates Transparency

Who does run London? A new guide [PDF] to public bodies in the UK capital, by New London Architecture (NLA) and the London Communications Agency, yields the answer: 'it's complicated'. And yet, the three-page guide does a remarkable amount to lay the foundations for answering the question further. The 'Who Runs London?' guide illustrates the web of ministries, assemblies, agencies and councils that together run London in a visual diagram (see example below). Additional information about...


Product-Services, Urban Innovation and the Death of Car Culture

A few items of interest: We'll be writing more about the recent spate of books and reports on product-service systems and sharing models soon, but for right now, this image from our friends at GOOD is a pretty interesting take on the evolution of some aspects of the post-ownership trend: "Sharing is Contagious" graphic; cropped to show only the "Product Service System" column (full graphic via GOOD) Throughout the Global North, but especially in North America, cars are losing their...


Portugal Redux: Trade Winds and Sound Policies Push Portugal to the Renewable Energy Forefront

Editor's Note: A couple weeks ago we posted a piece by Alex Aylett reporting on Portugal's impressive percentage of renewable electricity supply. Below, we revisit Portugal's renewable energy success and explore how their planning policies helped them make such impressive gains in renewable energy production with a repost from Worldwatch... by Alexander Ochs and Camille Serre Typically, the Scandinavian countries and Germany have set the example in the European renewables field. Yet lately,...


Crisis Commons, and the Challenges of Distributed Disaster Response

Heather Blanchard, Noel Dickover and Andrew Turner from Crisis Commons visited the Berkman Center Tuesday to discuss the rapidly growing technology and crisis response space. Crisis Commons, Andrew tells us, came in part from the recognition that the volunteers who respond to crises aren’t necessarily amateurs. They include first responders, doctors, CEOs...and lately, they include a lot of software developers. Recent technology “camps” – Transparency Camp, Government 2.0 Camp –...

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