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    Urban flooding presents challenges for electric vehicle charging stations

    Considerations around sea level rise and intense rains come as the Federal Highway Administration weighs where to effectively locate chargers for the future as more people drive EVs.

    By Charles Pekow • July 5, 2022
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    GAO urges EPA, NOAA to do more about harmful algal blooms

    The growing issue causes economic harm to communities when it closes lakes and deters tourism activity, and hurts health when it leads to toxins in water supplies or respiratory issues.

    By July 5, 2022
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    Vehicle Electrification

    Cities and states are trying to harness the growing electric vehicle market to meet decarbonization goals while ensuring the rollout of these vehicles is being done equitably. Their efforts are aided by an influx of federal support.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Many mayors condemn Supreme Court ruling limiting EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions

    Cities have doubled down on reducing emissions in recent years. Local leaders say Thursday’s 6-3 decision weakens a key federal partner that they believed would help them achieve their goals.

    By July 1, 2022
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    5 strategies to advance micromobility for urban last-mile delivery: report

    If urban deliveries grow 78% by 2030 as predicted, traffic and emissions will grow too, an Uber-commissioned whitepaper states. The use of bikes, cargo bikes, trolleys and drones could reduce those impacts.

    By Charles Pekow • June 24, 2022
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    Flooding and drought-driven urban damages, GDP loss to balloon: C40 analysis

    River flooding damages could cost the nearly 100 cities in the global climate action network $64 billion annually by 2050, while costs tied to more frequent and severe droughts could tally $111 billion per year, the group estimated. 

    By Updated June 23, 2022
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    California needs to triple historical decarbonization rates to meet 2030 carbon target, report finds

    “The key takeaway is that California is leaving beneficial, earlier action on the table,” said Chris Busch, research director with Energy Innovation and primary author of the report. 

    By Kavya Balaraman • June 17, 2022
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    Urban forest carbon credits gain momentum

    After the largest single urban forest carbon credit purchase in U.S. history, more cities and corporations may start to recognize how investing in trees also benefits resident health and well-being, market supporters say.

    By June 16, 2022
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    All signs point to a 'growing appetite' for digital twins: report

    Implementation is expected to increase 36% over the next five years, according to a Capgemini Research Institute report. But one smart city expert cautions city leaders against falling for the technology's "hype.”

    By June 8, 2022
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    As more cities declare crises around climate and affordability, does change follow?

    Declaring emergencies can unlock some new capabilities and foster accountability, but substantial government follow-through is necessary to separate them from mere speech, city leaders say.

    By Adina Solomon • June 7, 2022
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    Los Angeles pilots digital twin project to aid building decarbonization

    Digital twin platform Cityzenith is teaming up with Los Angeles to help construct a virtual replica of a section of the city to help make its buildings more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions.

    By Melissa Goldin • June 3, 2022
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    Inside Ithaca's plan to electrify 6,000 buildings and grow a regional green workforce using private equity funds

    The city has mustered $105 million in private funds to support low-cost loans for businesses and residents to install heat pumps.

    By Robert Walton • June 3, 2022
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    Austin's new chief resiliency officer talks equipping communities in face of extreme weather, violence, injustice

    Former Houston official Laura Patiño talks about lessons learned from Winter Storm Uri, the push to enact "resilience hubs" and the potential for a national chief resilience officer. 

    By May 31, 2022
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    Urban parks vie for Interior Department construction, renovation funds

    About $61 million in federal grant funding could provide an economic life raft for 27 urban parks in 26 underserved communities.

    By Austyn Gaffney • May 25, 2022
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    As destructive wildfires increase, new model can calculate property risk

    A nonprofit's online tool identifies a home's wildfire risk based on publicly available data and property details. Nearly 80 million homes are expected to face some level of risk by 2050 as climate change continues.

    By Matthew Thibault • May 19, 2022
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    White House vows to speed up environmental review for federal infrastructure projects

    The new action plan will help streamline permitting and accelerate projects, Biden administration officials said earlier this week.

    By Julie Strupp • May 13, 2022
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    'Citizen scientists' help track urban heat in 14 US communities

    For a more complete picture of urban heat, climate research and consulting firm CAPA Strategies is working with NOAA and city and county residents to combine community engagement, on-the-ground data collection and modeling.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Park funding not keeping up with needs: survey

    Deferred maintenance costs are ballooning as cities and residents lean on parks for more and more uses, an annual Trust for Public Land analysis of the 100 most populous U.S. cities found.

    By May 4, 2022
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    Minneapolis shares compost program tips as NYC, DC, Chicago ponder new services

    The Minnesota city has over 50% program participation after going citywide around 2015. Boston and Denver are also among the cities with potential expansions on the horizon.

    By May 3, 2022
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    To reduce transportation emissions, make it realistic for people to ditch cars

    Building walkable communities with easy access to public transit is key to reducing our reliance on cars and achieving environmental goals, writes the CEO of Keolis North America.

    By David Scorey • May 2, 2022
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    Michigan awards grants to spur EV equity and economic development

    The grant program aims to increase access to electric vehicles and charging stations in underserved communities while also creating EV-related jobs through public-private partnerships.

    By April 29, 2022
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    Leading Cities, QBE invite startups to apply to AcceliCITY resilience competition

    The resilience challenge – accepting applications through April – also awards regional prizes and virtual incubator memberships. Another part of the competition seeks an urban food pilot for Gainesville, Florida.

    By April 27, 2022
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    California readies regulations for zero-emission truck fleets

    Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are the next big frontier in transportation electrification. The move to EVs has been slower in this segment because of its higher energy needs.

    By April 26, 2022
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    Climate investment gaps could prompt creative financing ideas from cities

    With climate action initiatives underfunded around the world, some cities are experimenting with different ways to find funds and promote investment, one expert said.

    By April 25, 2022
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    US transportation sector could cut carbon emissions 34% by 2030: analysis

    "We've actually made a lot of progress," said one researcher. Separately, the Biden administration announced $6.4 billion for states to use under the infrastructure law's carbon reduction program.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Climate change ripple effects include migration, gentrification and more, new report suggests

    Vulnerable cities, recipient cities and climate destinations each face their own challenges managing population fluctuations and infrastructure risks, as outlined in an NLC framework and report released Thursday.

    By April 22, 2022