Cities

‘Bad-ass business women’ bring solar empowerment to Nepal

NGO that helps women overcome cultural taboos and start their own clean energy businesses to be awarded prize in London ceremony

‘We are praying it rains soon’ – Nairobi on severe water rations

Some districts are receiving just 12 hours of water each week as drought hits the Kenyan capital – home to more than 3 million people

Rain stopped play: Cricket ignores its climate threat

Cricket – that most weather dependent of games – is slow-bowling its way into a future in which English seamers no longer swing and more and more games are washed out

Mumbai highway project threatens new air pollution crisis

Sea breezes have protected Mumbai from air pollution, but a new coastal road will send exhaust fumes from 200,000 cars each day drifting across the city

Why India’s waste pickers are key to a fair climate deal

Low-carbon measures could increase urban poverty if a clean transition is not carefully managed, research from IIED suggests

Catch 22: when climate change *prevents* migration

Research shows those hit hardest by climate change can’t afford to move, supporting the call for more and better adaptation

Fire bombs: why is the Mediterranean burning?

Huge fires, once rare in southern Europe, have ripped through communities from Greece to Portugal. The third and final part of our series investigates why

Fire bombs: British Columbia prepares for infernos

The second part of our series on vulnerable communities finds BC taking radical action in the face of a pile up of fire threats. Can it move fast enough?

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Fire bombs: Hobart lies in the path of climate disaster

Around the world, communities are living obliviously close to climate-driven fire disaster. In the first in a series of reports, Karl Mathiesen visits Hobart, Tasmania

Six bright ideas lighting up Africa from the grassroots

It’s as much about the business model as the technology: here’s how innovators are making a big difference with small-scale solar

Time for cities to get a seat at global climate talks?

As the world continues to warm, cities are housing ever greater numbers − yet they have no voice in climate talks

Indigenous leaders call on Canada’s Trudeau to uphold Paris deal

Keystone XL oil pipeline and Site C hydropower dam are a test of the government’s commitment to indigenous rights, say objectors

Former US slave nation heads to Marrakech climate summit

“It means so much to our community for me to get there and have our story be a part of this finally,” says Queen Quet of the Gullah-Geechee nation

Habitat III: what to expect from the UN’s urban summit

It only takes place every 20 years and does not bind participating governments to anything, but Habitat III can help shape greener, cleaner cities

In pictures: the energy poor of Africa’s biggest slum

Kibera is a maze of dangerous wiring, as people without clean or safe energy resort to illegal grid connections

London calling: Figueres dives back into climate after UN bid

Architect of Paris climate deal plans to mobilise green finance with city mayors, bankers and philanthropists

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