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    Land value taxation could help to finance low-carbon infrastructure projects in cities suffering from austerity budgets

Land value taxation could help to finance low-carbon infrastructure projects in cities suffering from austerity budgets

Many cities across Europe have had budgets for local services and infrastructure projects cut as a result of the financial crisis. Blanca Fernandez writes on the potential for land value taxation, in which taxes are collected on the basis of the value of land rather than simply on property, to help fund low-carbon infrastructure in cities. She argues that land […]

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    Designing roofs in European cities to reflect more solar energy would help prevent climate change, at little to no extra cost.

Designing roofs in European cities to reflect more solar energy would help prevent climate change, at little to no extra cost.

The amount of solar energy that is reflected by different materials can have a significant impact on temperatures, both at a local level and across the globe. As Tiziana Susca writes, cities generally have higher temperatures than surrounding areas, in part because the materials used in construction reflect less energy. She argues that by encouraging the construction of rooftops in […]

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