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Cities cannot deliver on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement without access to finance for sustainable infrastructure projects. In a conversation on the future of investing in sustainable infrastructure, our environment team lead Antha Williams joined mayors and global business leaders to discuss current progress and the support needed ahead – one of nine key findings in C40 Cities' “Deadline...
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The most innovative and ambitious work is being done at the local level to combat climate change and protect people from environmental risks: Congratulations to Addis Ababa, Copenhagen, Prefeitura de Curitiba, Kolkata, City of Sydney and City of Melbourne, Ville de Paris, Portland, Seoul, Shenzhen, and Yokohama, the 11 cities recognized at the 2016 C40 Cities Awards tonight.
“Deadline 2020: How Cities Will Get the Job Done” offers a roadmap of actions that cities can take to help ensure a climate-safe future. Learn more about C40 Cities’ recommendations to yield four years of important climate progress: [ Bloombg.org Link ].

C40: Deadline 2020 Report

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The Global Covenant of Mayors – a network of 7,000 cities committed to fighting climate change – will play an important role in the work ahead to shape our sustainable future: [ Bloombg.org Link ].

Mayors look to tackle climate change at city level

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This year’s foremost gathering of political, business and intellectual leaders focused on forging a low-carbon, sustainable, and resilient urban future kicks off today. Tune in LIVE to the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Mexico City.

LIVE: The 2016 C40 Mayors Summit

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Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 Mayors Challenge: Bogotá, Guadalajara, Medellín, Santiago, and grand prize winner São Paulo! The winning cities were selected based on their big ideas for improving city life. See their big ideas: [ Bloombg.org Link ]
Our investment to reduce tobacco use has helped protect nearly 1.7 billion people from smoking’s health hazards, primarily in low- and middle-income countries: [ Bloombg.org Link ].

10 Years Later: Bloomberg's Big Bet on Tobacco Reduction

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The C40 Cities Mayors Summit and C40 Cities Awards will be the largest gathering of local leaders fighting climate change since COP21 – giving cities a chance to share their progress, learn from one another, and forge new collaborations to help the world reach the goals that were set in Paris.

The 2016 C40 Mayors Summit

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When the Giving Pledge was announced in 2010, Mike Bloomberg was among the first to join in dedicating the vast majority of his wealth to philanthropy. This #GivingTuesday, the National Museum of American History's new exhibit, “Giving in America,” showcasing philanthropy’s role in shaping the United States opens to the public and features Mike’s commitment letter, which you can read here: [...
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The New York Times highlights our Public Art Challenge-winning project "Breathing Lights" and the statement it's making about the blight spreading across poor neighborhoods in three cities in upstate New York.

Shining a Light on Cities’ Abandoned Buildings, From the Inside Out

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In the U.S., over 50% of high-achieving, low-income high school students do not apply for top colleges despite their qualifications. To improve these odds, our CollegePoint initiative matches select students with virtual advisors. Learn more in our latest episode of the Follow the Data podcast:

Follow the Data Podcast Episode 5: How a virtual advisor helped a student get into a top college - Bloomberg Philanthropies

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Without action, road traffic crashes will become the world’s seventh-leading cause of death by 2030. In a new op-ed, Kelly Larson and Becky Bavinger of our public health team highlight the road safety progress being made in Shanghai through our Initiative for Global Road Safety – a network of 10 cities around the world committed to reducing road traffic fatalities and injuries through proven...
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Shanghai: A model for the world in road safety

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Whether visiting the Museum or browsing from home, the American Museum of Natural History's new Explorer app has exclusive content for everyone. Check out this #BloombergConnects-supported app’s behind-the-scenes exhibit stories, captivating interactives, stimulating quizzes, and more:

Find the Whale and the Bathroom With the Natural History Museum App

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As cities around the world are taking the lead on climate change, the City Energy Project bolsters that effort in the U.S. – with mayors committing to reduce emissions from buildings. Learn more about the high-impact, local solutions that are coming out of this 20-city effort:

10 more U.S. mayors join City Energy Project and commit to reduce building emissions - Bloomberg Philanthropies

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A new destination for food, culture, art, community engagement, and economic opportunity – Public Art Challenge-winning project ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen opens tonight. Get the scoop on what residents can expect from the new space:

Much-anticipated ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen to open in downtown Gary

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Our fourth and final Public Art Challenge-winning project, ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, opens tomorrow in downtown Gary, Indiana – thanks in large part to the help and embrace of the local community.

By the end of November, ArtHouse will be bringing a place to dine, enjoy art and socialize to downtown Gary

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Tobacco-related diseases kill one person every six seconds. This can be prevented, and our Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use works around the world to save lives with proven intervention strategies, including increased taxes and legislation for smoke-free public spaces. In their latest short film, ASH: Action on Smoking & Health imagines what can happen when tobacco products vanish:

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Every. Six. Seconds. A new tragedy hits as a new person dies from a tobacco-related disease. Each person leaves a hole in our families, communities, and soci...

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Since 2007, we’ve worked with partners to support proven approaches to reduce global tobacco use. Great to see CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann discuss our progress and the road ahead:

Tobacco Is Still the Biggest Killer

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Public Art Challenge winner Breathing Lights is bringing new life to more than 1,500 empty homes across Albany, Schenectady and Troy, and shifting the community perspective in the New York Capital Region. On view nightly through Nov. 30. [ Bloombg.org Link ]
“Felicitations pour toutes ces oeuvres. Courage pour la suite: Congratulations for all your deeds. Keep it up.” — First Lady of Benin Mrs. ‎Claudine Talon

Earlier this week, the First Lady visited our Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda to learn more about the center’s social and economic development impacts, as well as its potential as a model for other countries. [ Bloombg.org Link ]