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✊🏙 We need urgent climate action ☀️ Bullet train news from around the world 🚅 & much more

Hey urbanists! The IPCC’s latest climate change report added even more pressure for countries around
✊🏙 We need urgent climate action ☀️ Bullet train news from around the world 🚅 & much more
By Radical Urbanist • Issue #55 • View online
Hey urbanists!
The IPCC’s latest climate change report added even more pressure for countries around the world to slash their emissions to stay below 1.5ºC of warming — though whether that will happen remains an open question. However, since I want to focus more on climate this year, that’s one of the focuses of this issue.
We’re also diving into a bunch of bullet-train news from around the world, along with the other great reads you can expect at the end of the newsletter.
Have a great Sunday!
Paris

Climate action now
Last Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report on the drastic emissions reductions that will be necessary for warming to stay below 1.5ºC (2.7ºF) and why it’s so important we hit that target.
That same day, the National Academy of Sciences also published a paper on how climate change will (negatively) affect mental health. Among the findings was that
on average, every additional 1 degree Celsius of warming over five years was linked to an increase of mental health issues in those areas by 2%.
A big piece of the emissions-reduction puzzle, particularly in the United States, is transportation. In 2014, it accounted for 23% of global emissions, but in the United States transport emissions are rising while most other sectors’ emissions are declining. Laura Bliss looked at how that will have to change for CityLab.
But what would it look like, globally, to hit the targets set by the IPCC? Vox has a piece looking at what rapid decarbonization would look like, and though it’s ambitious, it’s far from impossible.
If we look around the world, Paris provides a good example of how cities can do their part to mitigate climate change, while investing in adaptations to ensure quality of life remains high despite the changes that are already baked into the climate system.
All the bullet-train news
I love fast trains. Here’s some positive developments about them:
Look at BART–it was hugely controversial when it was built, but now we know the Bay Area would have been crazy not to build BART. You’ll have that same reaction. When the state sees modern, sleek electric trains and HSR in California…well, there’s a big reason the governor and the legislature signed up and pushed this project. The end prize will be worth the effort.
Other great reads
🇳🇴 Norway has started to replace its ferries with zero-emission models
🇸🇪 New Stockholm city council will block a controversial Apple store in Kungsträdgården (see issue 54 for more)
🇷🇺 Moscow has undergone a massive transformation since 2015 to become more liveable — in part to bolster support for Putin
🇬🇧 The City of London — not to be confused with London as a whole — will ban cars on a number of streets in the Square Mile and slash speed limits on others to prioritize pedestrians
🚆 European cities expanded with a focus on trains instead of highways. Can US cities take lessons to improve their public transit systems?
🇦🇺 Residents of Sydney protested the projection of an ad on the sails of the Opera House
🇨🇦 Vancouver dad is suing the BC government over a violation of his rights under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms after they ruled his kids couldn’t ride the bus without a parent until they turn 10 years old
🚌 Human Transit vs Antiplanner: a debate about the future of US transportation
💰 A California ballot measure would allow cities to impose rent control. Landlords, including massive private equity firms that bought up thousands of homes after the 2008 crash, are vehemently opposed, spending millions, and threatening renters with massive rent hikes if it passes.
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