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10 September 2019

New report for cities, by cities translates IPCC 1.5 degrees report into action points

The goal, as outlined in the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees released in October 2018, is clear - global warming needs to be limited to 1.5 degrees and this requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. In an attempt to translate the report’s key scienti...

23 August 2019

ICLEI appoints Global Ambassador to address biodiversity extinction crisis

Mayor of ICLEI Member Montreal (Canada) Valérie Plante has been appointed ICLEI’s Global Ambassador for Local Biodiversity. In this role, Mayor Plante will highlight the role of cities in addressing biodiversity loss and will advocate for the protection of biodiversity by local governme...

24 July 2019

The European Commission’s Platform to support coal regions in transition

Coal is mined in 41 regions across 12 EU countries, coal activities provide jobs to more than 230,000 people, and around 24 percent of the European power generation mix is based on coal. Despite coal’s importance within Europe, it is indisputable that the future of European energy does not li...

23 July 2019

Newly released guide helps cities prepare for and cope with heatwaves

As the global climate changes, cities around the world are dealing with more intense and frequent heatwaves; this trend is expected to continue to rise. This is especially concerning, as heatwaves are among the deadliest types of natural hazards. But there is good news! Namely, they are predictable,...

5 July 2019

ICLEI Members showcase low-emissions developments to visiting global cities

Cities from 18 countries spanning the globe recently successfully wrapped-up a European Study Tour organised by ICLEI Europe. The trip featured an ambitious eight-day programme with stops in ICLEI Members Helsinki (Finland), Bologna (Italy) and Warsaw (Poland). The trip kicked-off in Helsinki under...

11 June 2019

Cities to work together to protect Europe’s cultural heritage from climate change and natural hazards

In 2015, ICLEI Member Hamburg (Germany)’s “Speicherstadt und Kontorhausviertel” were officially designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Now, the city is tasked with preserving its picturesque canal quarter from a rapidly-rising tide and more frequent extreme weather. Protecting...

22 May 2019

New free tool helps cities mainstream nature into urban planning

In celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity, CitiesWithNature – a global knowledge sharing platform launched by ICLEI, IUCN and The Nature Conservancy – has a new tool to help integrate nature into cities. The Nature Pathway on CitiesWithNature is a collection of guidanc...

16 May 2019

Former European Green Capitals to host webinar on how to ‘future-proof’ your city

On 12 June at 14:00, the European Green Capital Network – a network of all the former European Green Capital Award winners and finalists – will welcome all cities and interested parties to its Future-proof webinar. This event is free to attend and offers guidance, insider tips and the op...

10 May 2019

ICLEI Europe joins EU Green Week

Each year, the European Commission hosts #EUGreenWeek – an event that convenes a range of stakeholders and experts to engage around Europe’s sustainable future. This year’s event will centre on implementation of environmental laws, based on the Commission’s reports on the top...