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England's core cities sign climate pact
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'. ... more

UK footprint far too high, says city league table
People living in Plymouth and Newport are having the least impact on the UK environment while people in those living in Winchester are having the most, according to a new green league table of mainland UK cities. ... more

World's mayors call for action on climate change
Mayors from 34 of the world's largest cities met in New York City in mid-May to discuss the dangers of catastrophic climate change and the need for immediate action. ENS reports. ... more

Paris launches cheap bike scheme

Paris has started a bike service that lets riders take cycles on short trips around the city at very low cost. ... more

Amsterdam extends hydrogen bus trials
Amsterdam has decided to extend its trial of the city's hydrogen buses for another year until January 2008. The Dutch city also hopes that the first hydrogen-fuelled boat will be cruising city's canals later this year. ... more

Air pollution still a big threat to Asian cities
Hundreds of millions of city dwellers breathe air so polluted with chemicals, smoke and particles that it dramatically exceeds World Health Organization limits with major impacts on health and the environment. Asian cities are no exception, a major study reveals. ... more

Paris embraces plan to become city of bikes
Paris is for lovers -- lovers of food and art and wine, lovers of the romantic sort and, starting this summer, lovers of bicycles. On July 15, the day after Bastille Day, Parisians will wake up to discover thousands of low-cost rental bikes at hundreds of high-tech bicycle stations scattered throughout the city, an ambitious program to cut traffic, reduce pollution, improve parking and enhance the city's image as a greener, quieter, more relaxed place, the Washingtn Post reports. ... more

Massive effort needed to meet slum surge
If global development priorities are not reassessed to account for massive urban poverty, well over half of the 1.1 billion people projected to join the world's population between now and 2030 may live in under-serviced slums, according to State of the World 2007 report. ... more

Aid charity combats climate threat
On the eve of the UN's 6th World Habitat Day (October 2), a leading British aid agency is predicting that tens of millions of the world�s poorest people face death and devastation, and risk of losing their homes and means of making a living due to climate-induced floods, drought and conflict. ... more

Slum-dwellers worse off than rural poor
City populations are generally thought to be healthier, more literate and more prosperous than rural populations. However, a new report from UN-HABITAT shows that the urban poor suffer from an urban penalty: slum dwellers in developing countries are as badly off if not worse off than their rural relatives. ... more

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