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The Better Bus Challenge: Accelerating Mobility Innovation for Public Transit in India

Fri, 2018-07-20 13:13
Over the last decade, India has established itself as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Along with an annual GDP growth rate of 7.1 percent, the country is adding over 12 million people to the workforce every year. Coupled ...

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Independence Haze: Data Shows Air Pollution Spikes from July 4th Fireworks

Thu, 2018-07-19 13:13
Fireworks, block parties and barbeques: Those are the first things that come to mind when the 4th of July rolls around. But what’s least talked about is the quality of breathable air on the nation’s birthday. Data shows that levels of fine ...

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Why We Need a Summit on Youth Urban Road Safety

Tue, 2018-07-17 20:13
Our cities are rapidly expanding, and with them motorization is increasing at an unchecked pace. Unless the global community takes meaningful strides to address the impact of these trends on the most vulnerable in our society, we will be met ...

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Design as Democracy: Barcelona’s ‘Carritos’ Encourage a More Inclusive Urbanism

Mon, 2018-07-16 13:13
Community participation has become a checklist item for any major urban development project. But what does community participation actually mean? What would it look like if we flipped the responsibility of engagement from citizens to designers? What if, instead of ...

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6 Transport Solutions to Give İzmir’s Historic Center Back to the People

Wed, 2018-07-11 13:13
With 5,000 years of history and culture, the city of İzmir along the Ionian Coast is one of Turkey’s most remarkable urban areas. It’s a unique nexus between the past and present, with a variety of archaeological conservation sites but also Turkey’s ...

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Do More Cyclists Mean a Happier City? Yes and No

Mon, 2018-07-09 13:13
Across Colombia’s cities, bicycle users are the most satisfied commuters, according to a new survey. In 2016, 86 percent of bicyclists in 18 cities were satisfied with their commutes, compared to just 48 percent for mass transit and 74 percent ...

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How a Small Experiment in Delhi’s Suburbs Sparked a National Car-Free Movement

Thu, 2018-07-05 13:13
Imagine a city where roads that are normally clogged with traffic and clouded with smog are instead filled with people – rich and poor, young and old, men and women, all laughing, dancing, watching their children play, cycling Raahgand skating ...

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Low-Carbon Cities Are Better for Your Health Than Any Superfood

Mon, 2018-07-02 13:13
Climate change is already harming people’s health. In August last year, over 45 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal were affected by unprecedented monsoon flooding, while last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest on record. The scale of ...

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Getting Urban Transformation Right

Thu, 2018-06-28 01:39
Every other Sunday, thousands of people spill onto otherwise auto-clogged city streets across India. For a few hours, the roadways are theirs – to walk, cycle, skate, practice yoga, CrossFit, even Zumba. Open streets days, known locally as Raahgiri Days, ...

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4 Andean Cities Adapting to Glacier Retreat to Preserve Water Security

Wed, 2018-06-27 13:13
Glaciers do more than feed our rivers and lakes, they also serve as critical savings banks for water withdrawals when other sources dry up. In South America, the glaciers and snowpack that crown the Andes provide slow, consistent meltwater that ...

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From China to Colombia, 5 Cities Making Streets Safer by Design

Mon, 2018-06-25 13:13
In 2015, the global community committed to halving road deaths and serious injuries by 2020. But city streets are still not safe. More than 3,200 road fatalities occur every day, and this number is expected to increase threefold by 2030, ...

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For Thriving Cities, People vs. Nature Is a False Choice

Fri, 2018-06-22 13:13
Municipal leaders face hundreds of difficult choices every day. With so many needs and worthy programs, how does one choose where to invest limited funding? In the face of pressing human needs, cities too often decide that funding for environmental ...

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Kate Logan on How Data Transparency and Social Media Are Cleaning Up China’s Air: Fighting for Blue Skies Part 2/3

Wed, 2018-06-20 13:13
In 2010, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing began reporting data on local air quality from a monitoring station on its roof. Once the dismal numbers were shared on Twitter, a storm of public outcry was unleashed that would culminate in ...

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Raahgiri 2.0: Re-Engineering Car-Free Days for Smaller Cities in India

Mon, 2018-06-18 13:13
If you drive out of New Delhi west along National Highway 48, you will find yourself reaching a small district in Haryana state named Jhajjar. Just 50 miles from the national capital, its demographic contrast is unmistakable. The bustle and ...

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There’s an Easy Way for National Governments to Help Cities Act on Climate Change—Give Them Data

Fri, 2018-06-15 13:13
Thousands of cities have committed to act on climate change, but few have yet turned their goals into tangible results. One of the important items that can help them begin is data from national governments. Establishing an “emissions inventory,” measuring how much greenhouse ...

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How Behavioral Science Can Boost Household Energy Efficiency

Thu, 2018-06-14 13:13
Persuading people to use energy more efficiently has long been heralded as a simple, effective way to help tackle climate change. The problem lies in the persuasion. Historically, policies and programs to encourage people to save energy have relied largely ...

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What if Citizens Set City Budgets? An Experiment That Captivated the World – Participatory Budgeting – Might Be Abandoned in its Birthplace

Wed, 2018-06-13 18:31
Neighbors in Porto Alegre, Brazil, have been getting together regularly since 1989 to discuss the future of their city. Everyone is encouraged to speak at district meetings in churches, gyms and clubs, discussing everything from water supply and sewage to ...

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Can Latin America Move From Quantity to Quality of Infrastructure?

Mon, 2018-06-11 13:13
At a recent Latin American Development Bank (CAF) Infrastructure for Development Conference in Buenos Aires, regional experts and policymakers delved into the unique urban landscape for the area, from early approaches to modern challenges around inequality and better service. Pre-Incan ...

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Cleaner Air, New Jobs, Reduced Inequality: The Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities

Fri, 2018-06-08 19:09
Climate action is rarely a primary consideration when investments are made in cities. Roads and transport networks are built to improve mobility, homes to provide shelter, offices to create places to work. But with more than three-quarters of global emissions ...

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Better Engineering Can Significantly Improve Road Safety in India

Wed, 2018-06-06 09:42
Road engineering – the way urban streets are designed and built – plays an extremely important role in ensuring road safety. The right kind of engineering for a street includes measures that actively restrict the scope for road users to ...

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