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Heat of the Moment an FP Studios podcast, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds

How to Make Cities Greener

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 12-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, each episode begins with an interview about a particular aspect of climate change that threatens our planet. The segment is followed by a sound-rich report highlighting one green project somewhere around the world—from Ghana to Brazil to Morocco. Listeners will hear from people who use innovation, technology, and investment to roll back the devastation. 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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A look at how many of the innovations that will be needed for a cleaner, greener future are actually available today—and what's needed to get them activated on a larger scale.

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A look into how green investments and economic policy changes can be a driver for a healthier planet.

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