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Cities Have Metabolisms Too: İzmir and Rotterdam Work to Streamline Resource Use at a Civic Level

Wed, 2018-10-17 13:13
From space, cities can look like microscopic living organisms, with bright nodes of industrial and civic activity connected by circulating routes of traffic and transport. Some cities are taking this analogy to a new level with an “urban metabolic” approach ...

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5 Major Cities Threatened by Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Mon, 2018-10-15 13:13
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a special report on the social and economic consequences of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming compared to 2 degrees Celsius. Changing the temperature in your home by one or two ...

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Memo to Carmakers: The Future Is Electric

Fri, 2018-10-12 13:13
Electric car sales hit U.S. records this year, with almost 66,000 sold in July and August, more than double the number sold during the same period in 2017. One reason for the boom is the success of the Tesla Model 3, ...

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Unlocking Climate Action: When Nations, States and Cities Reinforce Each Other, Everybody Wins

Wed, 2018-10-10 13:13
As the recent Global Climate Action Summit underscored, we’re seeing a steady rise in the number of commitments by cities, states and provinces to address climate change, with over 17,500 actions registered on the NAZCA Climate Action Portal. Not only are ...

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Financing the Transition to Sustainable Cities: Introducing TheCityFix Labs India

Mon, 2018-10-08 09:31
Cities are changing at an unprecedented rate: 75 percent of the infrastructure expected to be in place by 2050 has yet to be built. Meanwhile, major adjustments are needed to reach global climate and development goals. Now is the chance ...

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With Electric Scooters, Road Space Isn’t So Black and White After All

Sat, 2018-10-06 00:41
Over the last year, electric scooters have sped onto the streets of some of America’s largest cities, delighting many riders but also surprising and confusing pedestrians and drivers who aren’t quite sure how to deal with them. Do they belong ...

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6 Road Design Changes That Can Save Lives

Fri, 2018-10-05 13:13
 Urbanization is by and large a good thing, corresponding with steady declines in extreme poverty. More compact cities may also hold the key to a sustainable future. But this trend has come with a side effect: more dangerous city streets. With ...

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It’s Hard to Understand the Shared Mobility Revolution When It’s Called Different Things

Wed, 2018-10-03 13:13
Uber, Lyft, Didi, Ola, Grab, Via, Chariot, Bridj, car2go, Zipcar, Lime, Jump… The list of companies offering new ways to get around – and new business models to access and pay for it – is long and only getting longer. ...

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It’s Hard to Understand the Shared Mobility Revolution When It’s Called Different Things

Wed, 2018-10-03 13:13
Uber, Lyft, Didi, Ola, Grab, Via, Chariot, Bridj, car2go, Zipcar, Lime, Jump… The list of companies offering new ways to get around – and new business models to access and pay for it – is long and only getting longer. ...

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Help for São Paulo’s Complex Water Woes: Protect and Restore Forests

Wed, 2018-09-26 13:13
In 2014, São Paulo nearly ran out of water. Schools closed, crops faltered and reservoirs were left at a tiny 5 percent of their capacity for the city and its surrounding population of 22 million. It was the worst drought in eight decades. ...

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Help for São Paulo’s Complex Water Woes: Protect and Restore Forests

Wed, 2018-09-26 13:13
In 2014, São Paulo nearly ran out of water. Schools closed, crops faltered and reservoirs were left at a tiny 5 percent of their capacity for the city and its surrounding population of 22 million. It was the worst drought in eight decades. ...

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Need New Ideas to Advance Public Transport? Look to Vienna

Mon, 2018-09-24 13:13
European cities by and large have a sterling reputation when it comes to walkability and public transportation. Recent data compiled by Ralph Buheler, John Pucher and Alan Althauser in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation show that between 1989 and ...

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Need New Ideas to Advance Public Transport? Look to Vienna

Mon, 2018-09-24 13:13
European cities by and large have a sterling reputation when it comes to walkability and public transportation. Recent data compiled by Ralph Buheler, John Pucher and Alan Althauser in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation show that between 1989 and ...

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In Las Vegas, Ride-Hailing Is Eating Away at Taxis. The Effect on Public Transit Is Less Clear.

Wed, 2018-09-19 13:13
Ice hockey isn’t the only recent addition to the desert city of Las Vegas achieving major success. Prior to the arrival of the Golden Knights, the city welcomed Uber and Lyft in 2015 and the ride-hailing companies have upended the ...

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In Las Vegas, Ride-Hailing Is Eating Away at Taxis. The Effect on Public Transit Is Less Clear.

Wed, 2018-09-19 13:13
Ice hockey isn’t the only recent addition to the desert city of Las Vegas achieving major success. Prior to the arrival of the Golden Knights, the city welcomed Uber and Lyft in 2015 and the ride-hailing companies have upended the ...

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4 Questions on the Future of Dockless Bike Sharing, From Its Birthplace

Mon, 2018-09-17 13:13
Just three years ago, dockless bike sharing was operating at a small, university-scale in China. By the end of 2017, there were more than 20 million dockless bikes in the country, generating more than $3 billion in investment. Xinhua, the ...

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4 Questions on the Future of Dockless Bike Sharing, From Its Birthplace

Mon, 2018-09-17 13:13
Just three years ago, dockless bike sharing was operating at a small, university-scale in China. By the end of 2017, there were more than 20 million dockless bikes in the country, generating more than $3 billion in investment. Xinhua, the ...

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Protecting Forests Near and Far: Cities4Forests Launches at GCAS

Thu, 2018-09-13 20:06
Most people don’t associate cities with trees, but urban areas are actually dependent on healthy forests. Trees within cities reduce heat, provide spaces for recreation and socialization, and increase property values. Nearby trees in the watersheds around cities filter drinking water and ...

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45 Cities Pursue a New Urban Strategy: Protecting Forests Near and Far

Thu, 2018-09-13 20:06
Most people don’t associate cities with trees, but urban areas are actually dependent on healthy forests. Trees within cities reduce heat, provide spaces for recreation and socialization, and increase property values. Nearby trees in the watersheds around cities filter drinking water and ...

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The New Climate Economy Will Be Powered by Compact Cities: Report

Mon, 2018-09-10 21:11
Bold action on climate change could deliver $26 trillion in cumulative economic benefits by 2030, according to a new report by the New Climate Economy (NCE). Without immediate action to cut emissions, the costs of “runaway” climate change will be severe: ...

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