GCoM in the News

Africa calls for climate justice as green wave sweeps Europe

By Christina Okello “The challenge of climate change is enormous,” says Mohamed Adjei Sowah, the Mayor of Ghana’s capital Accra. Its effects, notably severe flooding and heavy rains, have already devastated the west African city. The mayor in fact was forced to delay our interview due to renewed floods. The deadly cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi is another example. … read more

Gregor Robertson appointed global ambassador for mayors’ climate group

Former Vancouver mayor’s first appearance in new position will be at end of May in Vancouver Former Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has been appointed global ambassador for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Brett Kobie, special advisor for communications with the Global Covenant for Mayors for Climate and Energy, says Robertson received the paid appointment … read more

Global Covenant of Mayors unveils new data framework for 2019

By Jack Aldane The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) will release a new framework for reporting urban greenhouse gas emissions in cities in 2019. Amanda Eichel, Executive Director of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy The new framework will sync climate data from cities around the world and make data … read more

California leads subnational efforts to curb climate change

Local authorities and companies are crucial if global carbon-emissions targets are to be met SUPPOSE Britain’s prime minister ordered civil servants to make the world’s fifth-biggest economy fully carbon-neutral by 2045, and thereafter to extract more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than it emits. In a sense that is what happened on September 10th, when … read more

A new use for Google Maps: calculating a city’s carbon footprint

The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring. BY ADELE PETERS Looking at a city’s Google Maps data, in combination with other data, a new tool from Google can estimate the carbon footprint of all of its buildings–and the carbon footprint of … read more

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