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How to Make Cities Greener

A view of the Oslo Opera House in 2016.
A view of the Oslo Opera House in 2016.
A view of the Oslo Opera House in 2016. Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images

How rethinking urban design can have a major impact on carbon emissions and the quality of city life.

If you want to talk about the climate crisis, you’ve got to talk about cities. By 2050, two-thirds of humanity is expected to live in urban areas. And importantly for those of us who care about global warming, cities consume two-thirds of the world’s energy and are responsible for 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.

In this episode, host John Sutter speaks with Peter Calthorpe, a pioneer in sustainable urban design, about his work in China, Mexico, and the United States. Also, the reporter Preethi Nallu heads to Oslo, Norway—the EU Commission’s 2019 European Green Capital.

About Heat of the Moment:  The climate change crisis can feel so formidable, so daunting, that instead of mobilizing people to action, it engenders paralysis. What could we mortals possibly do to prevent the calamity? A fair bit, it turns out. On Heat of the Moment, a 10-part podcast by FP Studios, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds, we focus on ordinary people across the globe who have found ways to fight back.  Hosted by CNN contributor John D. Sutter, Heat of the Moment tells the stories of the people on the front lines of the fight against climate change.  See All Episodes

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Youth activists in the Netherlands joined lawsuit against Shell as part of a new strategy to hold fossil energy companies accountable for unsustainable carbon dioxide emissions.

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Blue Bonds for a greener ocean.

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Why the U.S. military is a key player in solving the climate crisis.

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