Opportunities for cities to take action on climate change

December 1, 2015

Ahead of the COP21, Climate-KIC in association with founding partners ICLEI, South Pole Group, CDP, WWF and others are excited to announce the launch of the new cityactions.org platform for cities-related climate action.

Cities are at the forefront of creating mitigation strategies to make urban environments more sustainable places to live. The impacts of new policies and financing frameworks targeted at emission reductions are often more visible and quantifiable on a city-level compared to similar measures at national level. The Paris climate change negotiations present a unique occasion for city-driven initiatives to lead the way in sharing solutions and urging a binding agreement with ambitious objectives for future climate change activities.

The CityActions Platform will allow cities to share information, engage, and find solutions to common challenges faced in the quest to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

This facility has been created in response to a myriad of pledges and collaborations bycities committing to fight climate change and attain carbon neutrality—among them the likes of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, the Compact of Mayors and joint city commitments under the CarbonN registry to reduce 1 gigatonne of CO2 by 2020. At present, nearly half of the world's cities are dealing with the effects of climate change, and most urban areas on Earth are at risk of flooding from powerful storms and rising sea levels.

"Cities are where people live and work. We need to make cities better places to live and respond to the challenges of climate change. This new platform gives cities a head start in finding out the latest innovative thinking around . It provides access to a community who can advise on implementing climate action strategies too," underlines Bertrand van Ee, CEO, Climate KIC.

A South Pole Group led project, the CityActions Platform will screen and aggregate as many of the ongoing city-related activities on climate change adaptation and mitigation as possible. By doing this, it will meet the challenge of facilitating information exchange internationally, and offer value to city authorities, investors, journalists, academics, business and NGOs around the world.

"Sharing intelligent, sustainable solutions to our common challenges in cities is key for tackling climate change," emphasises Renat Heuberger, CEO, South Pole Group.

"Cityactions.org provides the most comprehensive overview of city actions at the Paris Climate Conference, including events at the City and Regions Pavilion, on Cities Day and during the Climate Summit for Local Leaders," says Maryke van Staden, Program Manager Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

Launched just in time for COP21, the CityActions Platform is constantly being developed. Climate KIC along with South Pole Group will be consulting global city-level leaders on the direction of the platform at two dedicated roundtable discussions during the Paris climate negotiations.

Kaj Embren, Project Leader, Nordic Mayors Initiative points out that "the City Climate Action Platform is an important new initiative highlighting the actions of cities at the Paris Climate Conference and beyond."

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1 / 5 (3) Dec 01, 2015
Words are cheap. It takes something else to do the job. We are doing our part, with recently-improved weatherization, insulation, condensing furnace, instantaneous water heater, new PV system going in, and the change to electric transportation. Who else is making a difference?
Uncle Ira
3 / 5 (6) Dec 01, 2015
Words are cheap.

That's what we have been trying to tell you Cher. What? You thought we were talking about everybody's words but yours?

It takes something else to do the job.

You mean like spending your time posting up all the slogans on the physorg? They are cheap words unless you somehow are getting somebody to pay you for them (and I really can't see that happening.)

We are doing our part, with recently-improved weatherization, insulation, condensing furnace, instantaneous water heater, new PV system going in, and the change to electric transportation.

You have told us that about 4 or 3 hundreds times in the last month or so. But one more time, what the heck, right?

Who else is making a difference?

I am me. But I don't have the irresistible urge to bother you peoples with over and over and some more overs.

Keep up the good work Cher, I am sure all the stuffs you put up here are really going to be what turns things around.
Uncle Ira
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 01, 2015
P.S. for you glam-Skippy.

I got the antenna project I am working on and would rather do that than joke around with you this afternoon. The thing I am doing is putting up the 1/4 wave 80 meter vertical, and the modelling for the ground is worrying me. I'm thinking maybe a cap-hat will help, what you think Cher?

Anyhoo, keep up the spreading the word and maybe somebody else will come along to fool around with until I can get back later in the evening, eh?
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 01, 2015
Breaker-breaker, 10-4.
Uncle Ira
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 01, 2015
Well for a super electronic-radio-engineer-Skippy, you sure don't know much about radio stuffs,,,,,,

Breaker-breaker, 10-4.

,,,,, you are on the wrong band for that Cher. Where you learn about radio? From the movies?
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 01, 2015
"what you think Cher?"

Yeah, a 60-foot high conductor grounded on the bottom is just what you want for attracting lightning.
Uncle Ira
3 / 5 (4) Dec 01, 2015
.Yeah, a 60-foot high conductor grounded on the bottom is just what you want for attracting lightning.

Yeah, that's been a fact ever since Marconi-Skippy started putting up antennas. It will be even more exciting when I get the 75 foot tower with the 20 foot mast on top up with 40/20/15 tribander on it.

So far I have been pretty lucky me. I have not had lightening take one out yet but I know a guy who had one vaporized right before his eyes. I got good lightening protectors and suppressors on my antennas but I like to play it safe and keep my coaxes unconnected when I am not using my radios. Losing antenna would be bad, but losing my radios would be worse than bad. Choot, that would be worse than very bad. My antennas are all homebrewed so I don't got a fortune tied up in them.

I am going to get back to this modelling software and see where I am getting wrong in my capacitance ciphering. I am overlooking something and it's got me stumped.
Uncle Ira
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 01, 2015
P.S. for you glam-Skippy.

You notice I do not bad karma vote you when you are not calling me the names or being rude to me too?
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 01, 2015
You notice I do not bad karma vote you when you are not calling me the names or being rude to me too?
I do. Trying to change a psychopaths behavior by positive reinforcement is a futile effort.

They regard such human responses as an opportunity to continue doing what they do.

"Psychopaths make their way by conning people into doing things for them; obtaining money for them, prestige, power, or even standing up for them when others try to expose them. But that is their claim to fame. That's what they do. And they do it very well. What's more, the job is very easy because most people are gullible with an unshakable belief in the inherent goodness of man."

"psychopathy is being recognized as a more or less a different type of human"

"psychopaths have a distinct advantage over human beings with conscience and feelings because the psychopath does not have conscience and feelings..."

-The only way to deal with them is to identify and isolate them.

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