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Should mayors rule the world? They already do.

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 30, 2014

In just one generation the world’s already teeming cities are going to double again in size, and probably triple in energy and material consumption.

Working at the World Bank makes you think ministers of finance rule the world. Sure, heads of state make all the speeches at places like the UN,...

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Ontario’s place in an urbanizing world

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 29, 2014

Ontario's 29th Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell

A response to Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell’s call for a discussion on Ontario’s priorities. Ontario is home to one of North...

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World leaders announce significant commitments to climate change at UN Summit

Posted by Guest Author on September 24, 2014

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the UN Climate Summit

More than 100 heads of state and government were joined by more than 800 business, finance and civil leaders in New York on Tuesday for the UN...

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Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide participate in climate march

Posted by Guest Author on September 22, 2014

Nearly 400,000 people marched through New York City and thousands more across the world joined in to call for international action against global warming

From Manhattan to Melbourne, more than half a million people across the planet took to the streets on Sunday to demand action from world leaders in...

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The first challenge we must face in our energy future is energy storage

Posted by Eddie Sheng on September 17, 2014

 address the challenge of operating grids where the energy is generated intermittently

It’s been said that electricity is the most valuable form of energy. In fact, the modern world wouldn’t function, let alone exist,...

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Capturing the power of water

Posted by Nandine Kanesalingam on September 15, 2014

Hydropower plant harnesses the power of flowing water

For thousands of years, people around the world have been capturing the power of moving water to create mechanical or electrical power for grinding...

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Is natural gas a sustainable option?

Posted by Christopher Yee Chuin Koon on September 11, 2014

Map of Canada's natural gas pipelines. Source: Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

With a surging global population, the world’s energy needs are going to continue to grow. Fossil fuels meet a vast majority of the...

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Are fossil fuels dead? A look at the rising use of natural gas in North America

Posted by Jason Runge on September 10, 2014

Natural Gas Plant

As the Earth’s climate continues to rise, governments around the world have introduced policies to reduce both their greenhouse gas emissions...

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Cities set to embark on third wave of urbanization

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 09, 2014

This image is a depiction of what a city might look like in the future

Around 5000 years ago, the first cities emerged in Mesopotamia and the fertile valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Agricultural surpluses...

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