Also discussed here: C40 Releases Landmark Research Detailing a Clear Trend of Expanding and Accelerating Climate Action in the World’s Megacities(4 page pdf Press Release, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), Feb. 5, 2014)
And here: C40 city mayors lead action on climate change(ARUP, Feb. 5, 2014)
And here: How much power do cities really have to combat climate change?(Emily Badger, Grist, Feb. 7, 2014)
Today we review a report from the C40 group of 63 cities from around the world (with only two in Canada: Toronto and Vancouver) on progress being made on climate action plans since 2011. Most notable is the emphasis on flood risk reduction and reducing CO2 emissions from private vehicles and from heating and cooling buildings – these targets being seen by most Mayors as the ones that would yield the most effective results. Striking also is the focus taken to reduce car use with priority put on making public transit more accessible (even to the point of offering free fares) and encouraging more walking and cycling, rather than investing in Light Rail Transit, seen as the “silver bullet” for cities such as Canada’s 4th largest city, Ottawa, notably not a member of C40 and not engaged in significant action on climate change. In comparison, cities such as Paris are making excellent progress since 2003 on reducing vehicle emissions by 60% by 2020 and by reducing and charging more for parking and through a major bike sharing program (Velolib). The 60% reduction target by 2020 is much closer to a realistic one to stabilize global climate warming than the much less ambitious 20% targets seen in the USA and Canada.
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