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Walking the Talk: What Can We Learn from Germany’s New Pedestrian Policy Framework?

13 hours 39 min ago
Walking, as simple as it is, is key to many current urban issues. As car ownership grows, people are walking less and becoming less physically active generally, especially adolescents, more than 80% of whom are insufficiently active. The impacts are ...

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How and Where to Plant 60 Billion Trees in the US

Tue, 2020-02-18 20:06
The Trillion Trees Initiative has garnered support from business and political leaders around the world. U.S. President Trump highlighted the initiative as the cornerstone of his plan to protect the environment, a rare shift for an administration that has moved to withdraw ...

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3 Ways California Is Taking a Pro-Equity Approach to Electric Vehicles

Thu, 2020-02-13 21:24
California is home to 7 of the 10 most polluted metropolitan areas in the United States, with transportation being the state’s leading source of greenhouse gases. While pollution from the transport sector is bad for everyone, it disproportionately impacts people ...

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5 Strategies that Achieve Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Simultaneously

Wed, 2020-02-12 14:13
Climate actions have often fallen into one of two strategies: mitigation efforts to lower or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, and adaptation efforts to adjust systems and societies to withstand the impacts of climate change. The separation has led to ...

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For People to Live and Thrive in a Changing Climate, Cities Need to Change – But How?

Mon, 2020-02-10 20:15
In the 21st century, a seemingly global prosperity masks an unequal distribution of benefits. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world’s cities, where extreme wealth can exist next door to concentrated poverty. In some cities, like those in South Africa, ...

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4 Charts Explain Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Countries and Sectors

Fri, 2020-02-07 19:59
Global annual greenhouse gas emissions have grown 41% since 1990, and they are still climbing. While emissions dipped notably in 2016, recent data suggests that carbon dioxide emissions rose each year since then. Where are these emissions coming from, and who is ...

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Why Is Sustainable Urban Transport a Great Investment?

Wed, 2020-02-05 14:13
Transport is the world’s fastest growing source of energy-related carbon emissions. It accounted for 23% of energy-related GHG emissions in 2010, and, within that, urban transport was the largest single source. Depending on where you live, transport also contributes anywhere ...

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Young People May Be Changing the World, But Too Many Are Being Left Behind

Mon, 2020-02-03 14:13
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg has attracted global renown with her message to the world’s leaders that they must act now to address climate change. Time Magazine recently recognized her as the 2019 Person of the Year. But Thunberg’s recognition is ...

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PODCAST: A Mother for Road Safety with Zoleka Mandela

Fri, 2020-01-31 04:09
At the annual Transforming Transportation conference this month, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities launched the new Vision Zero Challenge, an initiative to end road deaths by a coalition of global and local partners. Zoleka Mandela, who spoke at the ...

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Watch These 4 Clean Energy Trends in U.S. Cities in 2020

Mon, 2020-01-27 14:13
At the start of this new decade, American cities, states and businesses have already come a long way on the road to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to help tackle the climate crisis: 155 cities have committed to 100% community-wide renewable energy; ...

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6 Lessons on Energy Decarbonization from Countries Leading the Way

Thu, 2020-01-23 23:57
Getting to a net-zero-carbon energy system is essential. It will be a major effort, one that requires significant investment in new low-carbon infrastructure, from renewable power plants to electric vehicles, efficient appliances and better constructed buildings. While very few countries are on track, China, Costa ...

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Micromobility Needs a Shared Vocabulary

Wed, 2020-01-22 20:31
Fueled by billions of dollars of venture capital funding, micromobility is making its mark on cities across the globe. In the United States, more than 45 million trips were made on shared electric bikes and electric scooters in 2018. Shared ...

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8 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in the New Make-or-Break Decade

Tue, 2020-01-21 21:10
The world was not kind to the environment over the past decade, the warmest in recorded history. Superstorm Sandy caused more than $70 billion of damages in the United States. Cities like Cape Town, South Africa, nearly ran out of water. Record floods killed ...

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Transforming Transportation 2020 Day 2: Live Updates

Fri, 2020-01-17 20:14
Transforming Transportation 2020 continues today at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Join us to discuss the current and future challenges faced by countries across the world in providing sustainable mobility for all. Read highlights from day one, watch this space ...

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From Vision to Action: Latin American & Caribbean Cities Ready for Paradigm Shift in Road Safety

Thu, 2020-01-16 23:00
Vision Zero has become a familiar term in urban mobility planning and road safety around the world. After starting in Sweden in the 1990s and being applied in Europe and the UK, the road safety strategy has recently increased in ...

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Transforming Transportation 2020 Day 1 Live Updates

Thu, 2020-01-16 20:14
Transforming Transportation 2020 kicks off today at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Join us to discuss the current and future challenges faced by countries across the world in providing sustainable mobility for all. Watch this space for updates, tune ...

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Act Locally, Learn Globally: Luis Bettencourt on Building from the Community Up

Tue, 2020-01-14 21:49
“Cities are special,” Luis Bettencourt says in an interview for the Cities Research Seminar Series, but they may only be beginning to tap into their full potential. We need to think about cities more as “collective systems that have their ...

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Faced with Forced Relocation, the People of One Philippine City Designed Their Own Climate-resilient Neighborhood

Mon, 2020-01-06 22:35
In Pasig City, Philippines, southeast of Manila, there’s an apartment complex with whitewashed walls and colorful trim. It’s an unassuming set of buildings, but a globally important one. The Manggahan Low Rise Building Project is a climate-resilient building, meant to ...

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TheCityFix’s Top 10 Blogs from 2019

Thu, 2019-12-19 19:49
Cities are hotspots for global innovation and transformative change, from restoring urban vitality through street design to enhancing access through data-driven solutions. In 2019, we watched as cities took on these challenges, leading the charge into a new decade. Our ...

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We’re Underestimating How Many People Lack Sanitation – and Ignoring the Best Solution for Many Cities

Wed, 2019-12-18 19:30
In the urban neighborhood known as Kosovo Village in Nairobi, Kenya, 95% of residents defecate in communal or shared facilities where untreated human waste drains directly into a nearby river. During a storm, fetid and polluted waters flood the riverbanks, ...

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