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Interview: Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Having hosted the final of the World Cup and become the first Chair of C40 Cities from the global south, 2014 has been an eventful year for Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. William Thorpe talked to the mayor about the legacy of the World Cup, the city’s focus on better access to services for the favelas and his

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The new cathedrals of football

Mané Garrincha Stadium, Brasília

Richard Forster reports from Brasilia, which following the successful staging of seven World Cup matches, is bidding to have its stadium officially rated the most sustainable in the world

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A new era for traffic control

Municipal traffic controllers can access a central traffic control system via a private Cloud from their PC, tablet or smartphone

Intelligent software and cloud-based solutions have the potential to revolutionise a city’s mobility. Nick Michell looks at new software developed by Siemens that allows city managers to monitor and maintain traffic lights and detectors from any location in the world using a private cloud

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Interview with Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of EUROCITIES

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of EUROCITIES

Anna Lisa Boni took up her new post as Secretary General of EUROCITIES, the Brussels-based network of major European cities, on 19 June. She spoke with Jonathan Andrews about how she believes that cities are the engines to drive Europe out of its economic slump and if cities are to innovate, they must network more with each other

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Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam wins Public Procurement of Innovation Award

Anja Van Bavel of the Erasmus University Medical Centre and Aren Mijs of IMS Medical receiving the award from Bonifacio Garcia Porras of DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

The Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, from the Netherlands, was yesterday announced as the winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award, at the EcoProcura conference, in Ghent, Belgium. The Dutch hospital, which saw off competition from five other finalists, was praised by the jury for its innovative robotic bed washing facility.

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The IARU Sustainable Science Congress to explore whether cities can lead sustainable development

Participants from more than 50 countries have already signed up for the congress to discuss urbanisation issues

The IARU Sustainable Science Congress Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22-24 October 2014, will explore the opportunities that urbanisation can bring and challenge the notion that it is an obstacle to sustainability.

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New alliance on city finance unveiled at UN Summit on climate change


The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance was announced at today’s UN Climate Summit as part of a series of initiatives for cities, which also saw the release of a report on how cities can transform reductions in global emissions.

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London triumphs at C40 awards

Matthew Pencharz receives the award from Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

London won two of the eleven awards on offer at this evening’s C40 City Climate Leadership Awards, which took place at the Manhattan Centre in New York.

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Cities use WhatsApp to fight climate change

Sample conversations between C40 city officials related to waste management and climate change through WhatsApp

The widely popular smartphone messaging service WhatsApp is no longer just being used to keep in touch with family or friends, it has become a tool to battle corruption, save lives, spread news and now, combat climate change, with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group using the mobile app to connect its city networks.

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New York to make public buildings more energy efficient

Approximately 3,000 buildings will be retrofitted within the next ten years

Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has announced that the city has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent over 2005 levels by 2050, starting with a sweeping plan to retrofit public and private buildings to dramatically reduce the city’s contributions to climate change, while spurring major cost savings and creating thousands of new jobs.

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ITDP releases new study on transport and climate change

The ITDP report was released on 17 September

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the University of California, Davis, have released a new report on the impact of transport emissions on the world’s climate future.

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Cities should have more control over taxes and public spending, says report by RSA City Growth Commission

This is the fourth interim report

A report by the RSA City Growth Commission, a 12-month enquiry into how cities can be empowered to shape and drive their economies, has suggested that cities in the UK should be given the power to revalue council tax bands as well as pool and allocate central government revenue without ringfencing.

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