Topic: Climate Change

Fellowships

Premio Lincoln al periodismo sobre políticas urbanas, desarrollo sostenible y cambio climático 2024

Submission Deadline: August 9, 2024 at 11:59 PM

El Lincoln Institute of Land Policy convoca a periodistas de toda América Latina a participar del concurso “Premio Lincoln al periodismo sobre políticas urbanas, desarrollo sostenible y cambio climático”, dirigido a estimular trabajos periodísticos de investigación y divulgación que cubran temas relacionados con políticas de suelo y desarrollo urbano sostenible. El premio está dedicado a la memoria de Tim Lopes, periodista brasileño asesinado mientras hacía investigación para un reportaje sobre las favelas de Rio de Janeiro.  

Convocamos a periodistas de toda América Latina a participar de este concurso. Recibimos postulaciones para el premio hasta el 9 de agosto de 2024. Para ver detalles sobre la convocatoria vea el botón “Guía/Guidelines” o el archivo a continuación titulado “Guía/Guidelines“. 


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Submission Deadline
August 9, 2024 at 11:59 PM
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Keywords

Climate Mitigation, Housing, Planning, Poverty, Water

Climate Action

Balancing Competing Demands for Land

Climate change is putting additional pressures on already stressed land and water resources and the populations they support. Increasingly, solutions to the climate crisis involve land resources—whether for siting renewable power sources, substituting biofuels for fossil fuels, or compensating for declines in agricultural productivity. All of this creates near-term tradeoffs and conflicts that jeopardize human health and well-being, natural habitat, open space, biodiversity, and the integrity of natural carbon sinks. Land policy is critical to balancing collective good and private interests, and to deploying climate solutions rapidly and equitably.

We work at different scales—from analyzing how individual projects are implemented to evaluating international and national policy frameworks—to illuminate the impact of these demands on human and natural systems and identify more holistic and participatory approaches to planning, designing, and implementing mitigation strategies that benefit communities in multiple ways.

President’s Message: How to Fend Off Land Speculation

Climate chaos is affecting people around the world, including in the United States, and it is far past time to do something about it. To avert the most catastrophic impacts of this global crisis, we must transition to net-zero emissions by 2050 by investing in clean energy, electrifying our transportation, improving the energy efficiency of buildings, and removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.  

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Demands on the Land: To Secure a Livable Future, We Must Steward Land Wisely

Since the world first negotiated a climate treaty in 1992, three precious decades have ticked by while we’ve allowed a climate challenge to evolve into a climate crisis. The latest assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released this spring, eschewed the moderate language of the staid scientific body, making it clear that society faces an urgent crisis and must act.  

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Gridlocked: How Land Use Battles Are Hindering the Clean Energy Transition   

One consensus in combating climate change is emerging: electrify everything, using power from renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. Removing fossil fuels from electricity generation can be surprisingly smooth, as clean power facilities have rapidly become more cost efficient. Renewables currently represent 20 percent of US power generation, and that figure is steadily growing. 

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Land-Based Mitigation Strategies and Their Implications for Local Communities in the Global South 

This paper focuses on possible effects of nature-based solutions (NbS) for carbon mitigation on local communities and is based on a review of the available scholarly literature, grey literature, and reporting on the topic emerging from international news agencies. 

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Our Experts

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Amy Cotter

Director of Climate Strategies

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Patrick Welch

Associate Director of Climate Strategies

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Climate Action

Climate Resilient Urban Form

Current land use and planning policies, and the institutions responsible for developing and implementing them, fail to adequately consider climate impacts and the need for rapid and deep decarbonization. The resulting patterns of urbanization not only contribute to growing carbon emissions but often place people in harm’s way and degrade valuable natural habitat. At the same time, urban areas and local jurisdictions are responsible for implementing many climate solutions, and some cities have already emerged as leaders. By documenting best practices, disseminating policy recommendations, and building local capacity, we aim to elevate the role of urban planning and policy to foster decarbonized, climate-resilient places.

Not all cities are at the same stage of urbanization, and different land policy levers and strategies are needed for different typologies of cities. In emerging and rapidly urbanizing places, often smaller and intermediary cities—including in Africa, where 80% of the buildings that will exist in 2050 have yet to be built—our strategy is to “build right the first time,” avoid expanding poorly planned and underserved informal settlements, and seize the opportunity to create more equitable, climate-resilient communities. Compact, context-sensitive urban form also helps protect valuable natural or agricultural peri-urban areas and critical ecosystems—a complement to the institute’s land conservation efforts.

In more established cities or neighborhoods with existing spatial structure and infrastructure systems, the strategies may be different. Opportunities must be created to upgrade infrastructure and repurpose underutilized and vacant assets in ways that reverse fossil-fuel dependency and patterns of spatial inequity. Investments and mechanisms including green building retrofits, infill development, renewable energy deployment, bus rapid transit (BRT), and parking policy can not only reduce GHGs, but also improve air quality and reduce road fatalities.

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Visualizing Density

This best-selling and richly illustrated book by landscape architect Julie Campoli and aerial photographer Alex S. MacLean helps planners, designers, public officials, and citizens better understand how residential density can help save energy, money, and the environment.

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Regulating Urban Sustainability

This paper sets out to answer a basic question—how do urban land policies shape sprawl, urban transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions? To assess how various elements affect urban sustainability, we combine high-quality, globally available GIS data on urban footprints, population density, transportation patterns, and carbon emissions with surveys of regulatory processes from the World Bank’s Doing Business project for over 400 cities in nearly 40 countries.

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Working Papers

The Case for Climate-Informed Zoning

This report examines the economic and social impact of resilience zoning in Norfolk, Virginia, which offers a cutting-edge example of climate-informed policy through the adoption of two land use plans—planNorfolk2030 to guide short-term development and Vision 2100 for long-term development. Using quantitative analysis, the Smart Growth America team explores the fiscal implications on Norfolk’s annual budget and property values.

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UCLG Africa Pilot Program

On May 17 and 18, 2023, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), through its African Local Government Academy (ALGA), in partnership with the Sahel and West Africa Club of OECD (SWAC/OECD), and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, organized a pilot training program on “Using Data to Diagnose Cities’ Resilience and Inform Land-Based Policy and Financing,” on the sidelines of the CIB Annual Meeting.

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Our Experts

Headshot of Amy Cotter

Amy Cotter

Director of Climate Strategies

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Headshot of Patrick Welch

Patrick Welch

Associate Director of Climate Strategies

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Cambridge, Massachusetts