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More than 200 cities set emissions-reduction targets

Mayors turned out in force at the Paris climate talks last December. (City of Paris)

Nearly 230 cities with a combined population of 439 million have set targets for reducing fossil fuel emissions.

That’s according to Can a City Be Sustainable, a new book published by the Worldwatch Institute, Gaelle Gourmelon writes in a blog post for the institute. Most of the commitments are being made through participation in groups such as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.  (Two such groups facilitating these commitments, the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors, announced this week that they will merge.)

Cities vary widely in their emissions levels depending on variables such as wealth, climate, urban design and reliance on renewable sources, the article says. Their ability to successfully meet emission-reduction goals requires political and financial muscle. It also hinges on access to comprehensive data on everything from air quality to commuting habits.

Can a City Be Sustainable? is part of the Worldwatch Institute’s annual State of the World Series. The book features insights from planning experts about sustainable urbanism and city profiles. Read more details here on the “project page.” Chapter previews are available here and the entire book can be purchased here.

Also, check out this insightful essay on “What is a City?” by Gary Gardner, director of publications at the Worldwatch Institute and co-director of the State of the World project.

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