Around the world with Climathon 2015

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Report by NewsroomPlus.com

Snapshots of the activities and results from the round of Climathons held around the world have been arriving in – from a Storify to team-winning stories and images. Here’s a photo via #climathon on Twitter from São Paulo of that city’s proud winning team:
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So what questions were events at city Climathons focused on? Here are some excerpts from the overall Climate-KIC city challenges:
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  • Boston – how can the city of Boston prepare for the multifaceted threats posed by climate change-associated sea level rise? Climathon teams may consider innovative solutions that include reporting tools, remote sensing applications, early warning systems, shelter location maps, and emergency response plans.
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  • Washington D.C. How can public-private partnerships reduce food waste or loss generated by the District of Columbia’s residential or commercial sectors?
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  • Rio de Janeiro ecological urbanism within the city of Rio de Janeiro to collaborate and create diverse, innovative and multidisciplinary solutions and tools around urban mobility problems.
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  • São Paulo Which solutions can be developed and applied to assist the citizens of São Paulo to improve biodiversity conservation in the city?
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  • Birmingham What is the role of the citizen in a zero waste Birmingham?
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  • London How can London collect better air quality data from various travel and transport modes? How can we reduce the impact that poor air quality has in London – making the invisible, visible – through creating maps to enable people to plan low pollution routes through the city? How can we link open spaces to community groups wanting to grow food in a sustainable London? Solving problems in London around the issues of energy from waste?
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  • Helsinki How can we make schools more energy efficient and healthy by innovative data visualization and other applications?
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  • Gothenburg, Sweden How can innovation platforms be instrumental in catalysing city climate initiatives in the city of Gothenburg?
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  • Copenhagen How will Copenhagen motivate behavioural change in our citizens’ to be climate smart through the use of data-driven services?
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  • Frankfurt How will the city of Frankfurt deliver its transition to a low-carbon economy?
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  • Winterhur How can the growing city of Winterthur, Switzerland create eco-efficient mobility?
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  • Wałbrzych, Poland How can we increase residents’ engagement in the use of renewable energy sources in Wałbrzych?
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  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia How can local business contribute to more sustainable, climate-smart urban water management?
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  • New Delhi How can we motivate people to responsibly segregate their waste in their homes?
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  • Beijing How to encourage citizens to install distributed PV panels? How can citizens have better ways to invest in distributed PV panels?

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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