After visiting Portland and Bogotá in North and South America, we cross the pond to Switzerland and the city of Zurich. Rated by Dutch architecture company, Arcadis, as the most sustainable city in the world, Zurich leads the way in their environmental index, ranks very high economically, and is about average in the social index … Continue reading Sustainable Cities: Zurich, Switzerland
Second to feature in the Sustainable Cities series is Bogotá, Colombia. Yes, the country that is probably best known for the infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar, is actually an increasingly sustainable city and doing some remarkable things that not many other places on the planet are able to achieve. It's Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system … Continue reading Sustainable Cities: Bogotá, Colombia
After May's disastrous election campaign resulted in a likely Tory-DUP coalition, the environmental future of the UK looks troublesome. The coalition of the science-rejecting Democratic Unionists Party (DUP) and the Conservatives already-weak stance on fighting climate change give us an idea of how the environment will be prioritised in the next few Tory-led years. The DUP from … Continue reading Post-Election Climate Change Denial
What was first thought to be one of the most one-sided elections in British history, given that the Conservatives had such a huge lead over a Labour party in disarray under Jeremy Corbyn, has ended up being one of the most exciting in recent history. There were predictions of a 100-seat win for the Conservatives, yet, … Continue reading A Country Divided.
The sustainable development of global cities is vital in reducing the effects and impacts of climate change, and so, each week I will look at a global city and what it is doing to make cities more sustainable. In a growing global population with mass migration from rural areas to urban areas, the sustainable growth … Continue reading Sustainable Cities: Portland, USA
After waking up and reading the news of Trump walking away from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement it was difficult to see anything positive that could come from such an action. But what if there are positives to be found? Trump made no secret of his plans to exit the Paris Agreement throughout his campaign. … Continue reading Is Trump Exiting the Paris Climate Agreement a Blessing in Disguise?