Human Settlements – Climate Action Pathway

URBAN DESIGN THAT MAKES SUSTAINABLE LIVING SECOND NATURE ​It’s 2050 and urban life has never been better. Despite more people living in urban areas than ever before, the world’s towns and cities are now healthy, affordable and inclusive places to live. Many of the policies and investments driving these improvements also explain the radical decarbonisation of today’s human settlements. Indeed, the design of today’s cities makes living a 1.5oC-aligned life almost…


The New York Times: As the Climate Changes, Pressure Is Growing to Make Buildings More Efficient

Charlotte the child is active: running, playing, giggling while she rides her bike. But her namesake, Charlotte the condo building, is passive. Its airtight rooms use a fraction of the energy required by the buildings around it, staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while light-soaked and quiet. Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, and on a rapidly warming planet, the pressure…