On streets in downtown Oslo, former parking spaces are now bike lanes and parklets with benches and gardens. Since the city made the change, converting hundreds of parking spaces in 2017 and 2018 , car traffic has steeply dropped, falling 28% by 2019. At rush hour in the city center, people walk, bike, and wait for trams and buses instead of sitting in traffic. It’s one of several changes that the city is making to reach an ambitious goal: By 2030, the city’s government plans for it to be essentially a zero-emissions city, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 95% compared to 2009, something that city leaders see as necessary to meet the world’s climate goals. “It’s still possible to combat climate change in alignment with the Paris agreement,” says Hilde Solli, a senior advisor in the city’s climate agency, which released a new climate strategy earlier this summer. Cities like Oslo, she says, have a key role to play, because the majority of the world’s emissions come from cities. [Photo: Ingar Sørensen] Norway already runs on renewable electricity, so Oslo has some advantages. But it will still have to radically change. Transportation accounts for roughly half of the city’s […]

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