Cities 1.5

10 Episodes

By: University of Toronto Press

Cities 1.5 is a podcast featuring progressive policy conversations with urban leaders taking action to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees. Hosted by David Miller and developed by University of Toronto Press, this podcast serves as a platform to discuss the most pressing policy and underlying economic issues facing cities in their effort to lead on transformational climate action. The podcast is an extension of the Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy (, which publishes timely, evidence-based research that contributes to the urban climate agenda and supports governmental policy towards an equitable and resilient world. Join Editor-in-Chief and...

Fighting fossil fuel: Decarbonising cities with data mapping
Today at 9:00 AM

 By 2035, global fossil fuel use must be reduced to 50% of 2020 levels - or else we will face uncertain and serious consequences. But the fossil fuel industry keeps forging ahead, making billions at the expense of all of us, through attempts to re-brand fossil gas as a clean energy alternative, using disinformation narratives to delay and deceive, and advocating for the building of new fossil fuel infrastructure. One way to combat these actions of the fossil fuel industry is to collate and make available existing fossil fuel infrastructure. In other words, to map it.

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Introducing Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis
Last Thursday at 11:00 PM

Next time on Cities 1. 5, it's a special takeover episode! Acquisitions Editor at University of Toronto Press, I'm Jodi Lewchuk, interviews David's about his book, Solved: How the World's Great Cities Are Fixing The Climate Crisis.  Solved has just been released in paperback this week with an all new chapter.

David will be at the University of Toronto Bookstore on Wednesday, April 17th to celebrate the launch. Visit utorontopress. com for all the details - we'd love to see you there.  And tune in to the next episode of Cities 1. 5 to hear Jodi turn the tables on David an...

Funders Focus: Philanthropic efforts that are driving the fight against climate breakdown

Cities stand on the frontline of the climate crisis - so they must also work to create frontline policies that support the global systems change required to ensure that cities have a future. Thanks to philanthropic support from both Global North and Global South organisations, the scientists, artists, and community leaders around the world who are making a climate-assured future possible are ensuring we are one step closer to this becoming reality.

Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash

Featured guests:
Jesper Nygård is the CEO of Realdania, a Danish philanthropic association.  As...

Disinformation thrives in times of crisis

Efforts to address the climate crisis are under siege beneath a rising tide of mis- and disinformation, with smear campaigns often funded and coordinated by vested interests such as the fossil fuel industry, climate conspiracists looking for cash and clicks, and even national governments. We all have a part to play - we must take responsibility for the information we consume and share to ensure a prosperous, healthy future for ourselves…and our planet.

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Featured in this episode: Xuemei Bai, distinguished professor for Urban Environment and Human Ec...

Do we all breathe the same air?

Being able to breathe clean air should be a human right but, according to the World Health Organization 99% of the world’s population lives in areas exceeding safe pollution limits, which has huge impacts on public health. Air pollution, climate impacts, and social justice are three sides of the same issue, demanding an intersectional response that not only makes space for the voices of the most impacted, but also the most disenfranchised. 

Image Credit: Photo by Sai De Silva on Unsplash

Featured in this episode: The Great Smog of London, 1952, BBC Archive, Originally broadcast 5 December, 1962

Herman Daly’s Great Debates: The enduring vitality of Ecological Economics

Ecological economics lies at the heart of the Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy and C40’s mission. It recognises that the former gold standard of measuring economic success – the growth of gross domestic product, or GDP – is no longer fit for purpose, despite the fact that it’s the model that most national governments still rely on. Policies that allow us to prioritize the vitality of both people and the environment  - and potentially a systemic re-think of our economic global systems - are vital for the welfare of our world. Existing and developing technologies cannot solve all of ou...

Last-minute pledges and sobering science: Where is the World, Post-COP28?

Last year's COP28 conference ended with a historic first: after dramatic and tense negotiations lasting deep into the night, representatives from across the globe agreed upon a roadmap to transition away from dirty energy. But does the agreement fall short of what is required if the world is to avoid breaching crucial and deadly climate tipping points? 

Image Credit: © Maurizio Martorana - C40

Featured guests:
Mark Watts, executive director of C40 Cities, is building a reputation as one of the most prominent thought leaders in the urban climate action space, and was re...

Why Women are Saving the Planet

The UN Women slogan for International Women’s Day 2024 is “Invest in women: Accelerate progress,” and in support of this goal we’re opening Season 3 of Cities 1.5 with a production team takeover! David Miller may be the voice of the podcast, but our amazing production team is all female. Also, we hear from two amazing women who are working to ensure that women’s voices are heard, mainstreamed and amplified, and that their needs are centred in the battle to stop climate breakdown.

Image Credit: Photo by Ruben Hutabarat on Unsplash

Featured guests:
Xiye Bas...

Cities 1.5 Season 3: Our Post-COP World & Beyond

This past December, COP28 signalled the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era. 150 heads of state came to the consensus that in order to halve emissions by 2030 - the target that scientists have warned us be must adhere to in order to avoid climate catastrophe - we must transition away from dirty energy. This is a monumental moment for our planet…and cities are going to be leading the way as we execute on these actions.

In season 3 of Cities 1.5, host David Miller is speaking to urban leaders who are driving change locally, with global im...

From global warming to global boiling: The dangerous present & future of the world’s climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been warning us for decades that record-breaking, hot, fire- and smoke-filled summers like the one we just experienced will continue to be the new normal without huge and immediate cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions. The latest IPCC report serves as our last warning: carry on as we are and we’ll face ever-increasing extreme climate events, such as the terrible wildfires which just raged across Canada, leading to loss of life, property and livelihoods, as well as impacting on the health of millions. In our season two finale, we ask an...