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IPCC Cities and Climate Change Conference: Alberta host dresses non-renewable foundations with green decorations
Cape Town is edging closer to ‘Day Zero’, the long-feared time when the city will run out of fresh water, and the taps are turned off
Despite protests, an experimental pedestrianisation system is proving to be a hit in Barcelona’s traffic-swamped streets. With pollution levels down and residential use up, it looks set to catch on elsewhere in Spain
Deadly heat waves could become more frequent in cities thanks to a combination of urbanisation and climate change
Beijing looks set to welcome to its streets an innovative method of combating air pollution
The next step towards declaring London a National Park City is underway
An increase in visitors is putting severe strain on Iceland’s ability to cope
Air pollution campaigners hold a disco roadblock, but can it make a difference to public opinion?
Cities the world over are struggling to improve air quality as scandals surrounding diesel car emissions come to light and the huge health costs of pollutants are better understood. Anthony Lambert reports
Far from being separate threats, scientists have found links between air pollutants and a rise in type-2 diabetes

The future of shopping

The next stage in autonomous vehicles is hoping to transform the way we shop
Cape Town’s Foreshore Freeway Bridge has been left unfinished for over 40 years. Now, competing plans are underway to make use of this iconic piece of infrastructure
The new ‘world’s longest flight’ now spans a distance of more than 9,000 miles, from Doha to Auckland. But is there any limit to aviation’s global connectivity?
They have been in place for nearly a decade, but Mexico City’s Saturday driving restrictions have had negligible impacts on solving the megacity’s air pollution crisis
As Paris continues to combat its severe air pollution problem, the compulsory displaying of car pollution certificates may be just the ticket
Thirty years ago, the world bore witness to one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. But not everybody was keen to leave their lives in Chernobyl behind
City leaders from around the world gathered recently for the Global Parliament of Mayors. Could cities be set to overtake national governments as key decision makers?
This month, the Olympic Games opens in Atlanta, generating millions of dollars for the city. But when the athletes head home, will the gold rush end?

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