Why local governments should care about the Climate Council's 'Weather Gone Wild' report

All local governments should be concerned by the findings of the Climate Council’s latest report Weather Gone Wild. It summarises key extreme weather events that hit Australia and the world last year, with economic losses associated with weather-related disasters estimated to be US $215 billion, costs ultimately carried by people, communities and local governments.

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New student program turning scientists into storytellers

ICLEI launches crowd funding campaign for the “Young Writers Network” a program to mobilise students to transform their research into more accessible formats. With only 12 years left to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees of warming, the value of sharing scientific knowledge on climate and sustainability has never been more urgent.

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Global research agenda on cities and climate change takes off in Incheon

At its 48th plenary session in Incheon, South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the leading international body mandated to assess climate change – approved the Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science, the primary outcome of CitiesIPCC, the first-of-its-kind Cities and Climate Change Science conference in Edmonton, Canada this past March.

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Timothy ShueCities IPCC
The City of Unley: Role Model City

Community is the heart of the City of Unley, a council home to nearly 40,000 people in a leafy suburban area of Adelaide. We caught up with them to talk all things sustainability. According to spokesperson Erin Thompson, the City of Unley places special emphasis on integrating community perspectives and ideas when planning for a sustainable future.  

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Timothy Shue
Draft common global reporting framework - consultation open

Here is an opportunity to participate in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) consultation process. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us - sharing your views based on experience, to help us finalize recommendations towards a common global reporting framework for city emissions inventories, targets, risk and vulnerability assessments, and climate action plans. 

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Timothy Shue