Tokyo 2020: Finishing Line in Sight for Sustainable Medals

Mobile phones, digital cameras, handheld games and laptops are being recycled to manufacture all the medals for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said it had already collected 47,488 tons of discarded electronic devices and more than five …

Cities Around the World Lay the Groundwork for a Zero-Waste Future

Cities around the world are pledging to reduce waste over the next 12 years in an effort to curb global warming and eventually become zero-waste cities. During the Global Climate Action Summit, the C40 announced a new initiative that encourages cities to eliminate waste production and end the practice of …

19 Global Cities Commit to Make New Buildings Net-Zero by 2030

The world’s most iconic skylines are going green. Nineteen city leaders from the C40 coalition signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration on Thursday to ensure all new buildings operate with a neutral carbon footprint by 2030. The mayors of Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Newburyport, …

Japan Considers Adopting Daylight Savings Time for 2020 Summer Olympics

This summer’s deadly heatwaves in Japan have caused government and Olympic officials to consider the benefits of adopting daylight savings time for the 2020 Summer Olympics to ensure athlete safety. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered his ruling party to consider what impacts a two hour shift forward would have …

Typhoons, Floods, Heat Waves Batter Asia

From flash floods in Vietnam to a blistering heat wave in Japan, countries across Asia are suffering from extreme weather, CNN reported Sunday. The events come nearly two months into the continent’s annual rainy season that extends from June to November, according to The Straits Times. A 2016 study showed …

Pacifico Energy Begins Work On Japan’s Largest Solar Project

Tokyo-based solar power developer Pacifico Energy has initiated work on the largest solar power project in Japan. Pacifico Energy has started construction at Sakuto solar power project, claimed to be largest in Japan. The project will have a 257.7-megawatt (DC) capacity and is expected to be commissioned by September 2019. …

Paris Boosts Cycling Infrastructure, Names 2017 ‘Year of the Bike’

Paris plans a major boost to its cycling infrastructure and will ban cars from outside the Louvre museum as it steps up its fight against traffic pollution, the mayor said on Sunday. Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo announced a new two-way 4 kilometre bike lane to run along the Rue de …