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  • Welcome to our Website

    15 August 2012

    Twenty years ago at the first Earth Summit in Rio, a new British charity, Planet 21, launched People and the Planet magazine in an effort to track progress in working towards a fair and sustainable future for humanity on planet earth.

  • Cities can lead in climate solutions

    15 June 2011

    When it comes to changing the way we use energy, cities are at the centre of the action, says Manish Bapna, managing director of the World Resources Institute, who reports here on the recent meeting of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

  • Cities biggest polluters, says new UN report

    30 March 2011

     A new report by UN-HABITAT says that cities are the biggest cause of pollution of our planet, and that unprecedented disaster, wide-scale disruption and loss face many of the world’s cities because of climate change.

  • Radical urban transport changes needed before population explosion

    2 December 2010

    Cities need to radically reengineer their infrastructures to cope with much larger populations.

  • FILM PREVIEW: What price 'development'?

    16 February 2010

    Next month London will see the screening of Good Fortune, a film about the way in which international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. In one case it has left Kenyans battling to save their homes from a large-scale development project in Nairobi's huge Kibera shantytown. In the other an American investor is planning to alleviate hunger by building a multi-million dollar rice farm which will flood the land of local farmers. This commentary on the film is by Daniel Nelson

  • US car fleet slumped by 4 million in 2009

    6 January 2010

    America's century-old love affair with the automobile may be coming to an end. The US fleet has apparently peaked and started to decline. In 2009, the 14 million cars scrapped exceeded the 10 million new cars sold, shrinking the US fleet by 4 million, or nearly 2 per cent in one year. While this is widely associated with the recession, it is in fact caused by several converging forces.

  • Copenhagen named greenest city in Europe

    8 December 2009

    Copenhagen is the "greenest" major city in Europe, followed by Stockholm, Oslo, Vienna, and Amsterdam, according to the European Green City Index presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. London ranks eleventh.

  • China's grand plans for eco cities lie abandoned

    29 April 2009

    Mostly conceived by international architects, China's eco-cities were intended to be models of green urban design. But the planning was done with little awareness of how local people lived, and the much-touted projects have largely been scrapped. Christina Larson reports.

  • Action plan agreed for India's polluted cities

    5 February 2009

    Critically polluted cities in India need a massive transition to public transport, running on clean fuel, so that they can deal with the challenge of pollution and congestion, according to a new agenda for action agreed this week by the the pollution monitoring arm of India's the Supreme Court.

  • England's core cities sign climate pact

    8 November 2007

    Leaders of England's eight biggest cities (outside London) have signed up to "show leadership in tackling climate change." At a meeting of England's Core Cities in Nottingham this week they set out a number of commitmens aimed at achieving 'A Prosperous and Sustainable Future'.