It will take more than a few cycle lanes to make green, pandemic-proof cities

from Climate Home News


  • Cities worldwide are looking at ways to reduce car transportation by increasing bike lanes and pedestrian-only areas
  • Carlos Moreno, planning advisor to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, says that the transformation of cities needs to align with Paris Agreement targets within the next 10 years
  • Though the pandemic reintroduced many people to alternative transportation, the risk factor of contracting COVID from public transportation has heightened fears 
  • The use of car transport in response to pandemic concerns will lead to a rise in emissions globally as overall emissions have already bounced back to just 5% below pre-pandemic daily levels
  • Polling from China shows that more people purchased their own vehicles after the outbreak and fewer people rely on public transportation as coronavirus still looms globally
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control called for more people to use private cars to get to work, inciting a backlash
    • Urban planning professor Lawrence Frank called this contradictory:

“Promoting private vehicle use as public health strategy is like prescribing sugar to reduce tooth decay”  

  • As people nationwide call for defunding the police and applying that money to other sectors of their community, urban redevelopment and transportation could be a possible redirect of those funds 
  • Adoption of the 15-minute city model, where are essential services are within a 15-minute walk away from housing, may be the solution for a green city

Increased air pollution from fossil fuel emissions makes all of us more vulnerable to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Climate-Safe California Platform offers solutions for clean mobility to reduce fossil fuel emissions and improve public health.

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Supreme Court decision bodes well for climate

by John Schwartz, The New York Times


  • A new ruling in the Supreme Court on a major piece of LGBTQ+ civil rights legislation may pave the way for environmentalists to use the Clean Air Act as a means to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Supreme Court case, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, resulted in protections for gay and transgender people from discrimination at work
  • Justice Neil M. Gorsuch ruled that gay and transgender people were included in the definition of “sex” within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars workplace discrimination because of sex and other factors
  • Ann E. Carlson, climate change law expert at UCLA, says that this new ruling may be cited in order to help persuade the court that GHG regulation is within the text of the Clean Air Act
  • According to a few Supreme Court justices, the Environmental Protection Agency lacks the power to regulate GHG’s because the Clean Air Act doesn’t specifically address climate change

Endorsing The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California platform will help ensure that state policy timelines are accelerated while securing an equitable and just transition to a clean energy future.

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World’s consumption of materials hits record 100bn tonnes a year

by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, January 22, 2020


  • The report highlights that every person’s ecological footprint equates to 13 tonnes of materials per year
  • Half of the 100.6 billion tonnes of material consumed in 2017 were sand, clay, gravel, and cement
  • Only 8.6% of the material consumed is recycled and this percentage is falling

This report highlights the need to conduct consumption-based greenhouse gas inventories in order to measure the effect of consumption on climate change.

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