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Heat + Emissions = Dangerous Urban Air Quality

Latest from Cityfix - Thu, 2019-09-12 09:31
Summertime often means soaring, dangerous temperatures. Recent heat waves in Europe brought government warnings, power plant shutdowns, restrictions on automobile use, heat stroke and deaths. But misery in Europe and elsewhere is compounded by the chemistry of how emissions from ...

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Hainan Bans All Fossil Fuel Vehicles. What Does it Mean for Clean Transport in China?

Latest from Cityfix - Wed, 2019-09-11 19:49
In March, China’s southern island province of Hainan became the first in the country to set a date by which all sales of internal combustion engine vehicles are to be ended. Hainan’s Clean Energy Vehicle Development Plan sets out a ...

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Reshaping Public Policy Can Solve the Housing Affordability Crisis in U.S. Cities

Latest from Cityfix - Mon, 2019-09-09 21:00
We’re living in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. Demand for apartments and condos continues to outpace supply in most urban cores. Upward pressure on asking rents is displacing low-income renters to nearby communities and middle-income renters are starting ...

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Is it Worth it to Go Electric? New Tool Helps Cities Understand Costs & Benefits of Clean Buses

Latest from Cityfix - Thu, 2019-09-05 13:13
Buses are one of the major sources of emissions in many cities, and they are undergoing a quiet revolution. A confluence of improved technology and increasing demand, driven by air pollution that is getting harder to ignore and more stringent ...

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Despite Challenges, Virginia Cities Envision a Bold Clean Energy Future

Latest from Cityfix - Mon, 2019-09-02 13:13
U.S. solar power is booming, poised to grow 12% nationally this year, but so far, Virginia hasn’t been a big part of the boom. With only 775 megawatts of installed solar capacity, solar represents about 1% of Virginia’s electricity consumption. That’s enough to power ...

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Finance for Urban Climate Action Remains Low. How Can Cities Bridge the Gap?

Latest from Cityfix - Fri, 2019-08-30 13:13
Due to historic levels of urbanization, cities have become focal points for creating a more sustainable world. Cities currently account for 80% of global GDP, 70% of emissions, and two-thirds of total energy consumption. The urgent need for climate action ...

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A Tale of Two Cities in Brazil (and the Forest that Connects Them)

Latest from Cityfix - Mon, 2019-08-26 21:48
What if you could send a WhatsApp message and a colorful green van would deliver free native tree seedlings directly to you? In Salvador, Brazil, the local government does just that. Painted with a picture of a biodiverse Brazilian forest, ...

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Closing Sub-Saharan Africa’s Electricity Access Gap: Why Cities Must Be Part of the Solution

Latest from Cityfix - Thu, 2019-08-15 23:24
There’s both good and bad news from the latest report tracking progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, a global goal to achieve universal access to energy by 2030. The good news: The number of people without electricity access globally has dropped, ...

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We’re Grossly Underestimating the World’s Water Access Crisis

Latest from Cityfix - Tue, 2019-08-13 09:31
In Cape Town, South Africa, and Chennai, India, “Day Zero” events where cities run out of water have drawn global media attention. But while these catastrophes seem like rare, temporary crises caused by droughts or mismanagement, life without ample water ...

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The $6,000 Electric Vehicle: The Power of the Used Car Market to Bring Electric Vehicles to Everyone

Latest from Cityfix - Tue, 2019-08-13 02:50
Transportation is the fastest growing source of carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel demand worldwide. That makes zero-emission vehicles a prerequisite for a sustainable future. But while our glittering electric future is often defined by the sci-fi innovations of companies like Tesla and Rivian, the ...

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5 National Transport Policies to Build Thriving Cities

Latest from Cityfix - Thu, 2019-08-08 13:13
Over the past 50 years, transport planners have tended to focus on reducing congestion to improve people’s mobility within cities. But increasing road capacity, vehicle speeds and parking spaces have not solved urban traffic. Building more roads and parking just ...

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India Has the Worst Road Safety Record in the World. A New Law Aims to Change That

Latest from Cityfix - Wed, 2019-08-07 13:13
India’s parliament approved the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill on July 31, 2019, the result of a five-year effort to improve national legislation on road safety. After the president’s approval, India’s streets may finally become safer places for both pedestrians and ...

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17 Countries, Home to One-Quarter of the World’s Population, Face Extremely High Water Stress

Latest from Cityfix - Tue, 2019-08-06 19:33
Once-unthinkable water crises are becoming commonplace. Reservoirs in Chennai, India’s sixth-largest city, are nearly dry right now. Last year, residents of Cape Town, South Africa narrowly avoided their own “Day Zero” water shut-off. And the year before that, Rome rationed water to conserve scarce ...

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Raahgiri Is a Positive, Public Movement for Change

Latest from Cityfix - Tue, 2019-07-30 19:29
A couple of Sundays back, Haryana observed the first state-level Raahgiri in India. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar personally came to the city of Hisar to participate in its official celebration with full state machinery. This was totally unthinkable when ...

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4 Emerging Concepts that Could Transform Cities

Latest from Cityfix - Tue, 2019-07-23 21:41
Big ideas can forever alter the fate of cities when they are written into cement, steel and stone. When St. Petersburg, Russia, was created in 1703 by Peter the Great, he envisioned the new capital as an emblem of a modern ...

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Planes, Trains and (Big) Automobiles: How Heavy Transport Can Reduce Emissions and Save Money

Latest from Cityfix - Fri, 2019-07-19 13:13
The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This ground-breaking research, ...

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How the SALURBAL Project Is Shining a Spotlight on Urban Health Inequality in Latin America

Health and environment - Wed, 2019-07-17 13:13
The narrative about global inequality and poverty often focuses on rural areas in the global south, with a heavy emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. But the reality is that poverty is becoming more concentrated in cities across the ...

How the SALURBAL Project Is Shining a Spotlight on Urban Health Inequality in Latin America

Latest from Cityfix - Wed, 2019-07-17 13:13
The narrative about global inequality and poverty often focuses on rural areas in the global south, with a heavy emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. But the reality is that poverty is becoming more concentrated in cities across the ...

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India’s Environmental Challenges in 10 Images

Latest from Cityfix - Tue, 2019-07-16 19:24
The last two decades have seen a rampant rise in environmental challenges being faced by cities and countries globally. In India, too, challenges related to air pollution, waste management, scarcity of water, conservation of natural resources, and loss of biodiversity, ...

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Traumatized and Trapped: After Sexual Assault, How Can Cities Welcome Women Back to Public Transport?

Latest from Cityfix - Mon, 2019-07-15 13:13
Sexual assault on public transit is all too common. In Bogotá, Colombia, an incredible 37% of female riders of the bus rapid transit system report experiencing unwanted sexual contact while using the system, according to new research, funded in part ...

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