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August 18, 2015 — Weekly News

City Century: Why Municipalities Are the Key to Fighting Climate Change

By Mike Bloomberg
Published in Foreign Affairs on August 18, 2015

Although history is not usually taught this way, one could argue that cities have played a more important role in shaping the world than empires. From Athens and Rome to Paris and Venice to Baghdad and Beijing, urban ideas and innovators have left indelible marks on human life. By concentrating the brainpower of humanity in relatively small geographic areas, cities have promoted the kinds of interactions that nurture creativity and technological advances. They have been the drivers of progress throughout history, and now—as the knowledge economy takes full flight—they are poised to play a leading role in addressing the challenges of the twenty-first century.


 
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Climate Change is Both a Challenge and an Opportunity

By Mike Bloomberg
Published in the People's Daily on August 18, 2015


One of the most important developments in global affairs over the past year has been China’s decision to accelerate its transition to cleaner energy and more directly confront the challenge of climate change. As the United Nations prepares for a major climate change summit in Paris in December, China’s leadership is sending a strong signal to other nations that the time for action is now, which is helping to improve the odds that the Paris conference will be a big success.

Increasingly, cities and countries – including China – are recognizing that climate change is not only a challenge but also an opportunity: To clean their air, improve their public health, modernize their infrastructure, improve their economic competitiveness, and raise their living standards. Fighting climate change, after all, requires reducing pollution – and reducing pollution is one of the best ways to attract investment, create jobs, expand transit options, and extend life expectancy.
 

 
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