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Seoul, Guangzhou and New York City Top List of Cities With Largest Carbon Footprints. How Does Your City Rank?

3 hours 40 min ago
The largest and highest-consuming cities in the world have carbon footprints equal to those of small countries. This is the finding of a study surveying the carbon footprint of cities worldwide. Half the world’s population lives in cities, but just 100 cities ...

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Vida Segura: How São Paulo Plans to Cut Traffic Fatalities by Half in 10 Years

16 hours 44 min ago
With a population of 12.2 million – eighth largest in the world – São Paulo faces a daunting task in making its streets safe for all. But in April 2019, the city pledged to do just that, becoming the first ...

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Delhi Announces Plan to Make All Public Transport Free for Women. Will It Work?

Fri, 2019-06-14 13:13
On June 10, Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, announced a new proposal to make public transport free for women. Once cleared, the move – which will cost approximately ₹700 crore ($100 million) to the Delhi government – will make ...

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Honduras Joins the Global Movement to Make Public Space Work Better for People

Wed, 2019-06-12 13:13
Cities around the world are embracing the movement to make their streets work better for people, not just cars. From Bogotá’s Ciclovía, to Guadalajara’s Via RecreActiva, India’s Raahgiri Days, and Ethiopia’s Menged Le Sewe, many cities have adopted some version ...

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For a 1.5 C World, Cities Must Go Carbon Neutral. They Can’t Do It Alone.

Mon, 2019-06-10 21:08
Around the world, grassroots movements like Extinction Rebellion and Fridays for Future are sounding the alarm about the climate crisis, and government representatives are responding to the call: national parliaments and cities have declared climate emergencies, the Green New Deal is gathering support in ...

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From Jobs to Education, Inequality in Mexico City Is About Access

Fri, 2019-06-07 12:30
In Mexico City, someone living in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods has 28 times better access to jobs in a 30-minute trip by public transit and walking than someone living in the poorest areas. Twenty-eight times. And this says nothing ...

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5 Under-Recognized Impacts of Air Pollution

Wed, 2019-06-05 17:05
Most of the rising global attention to air pollution focuses on the impacts that ozone, particulate matter and other pollutants have on human health. This is natural; the numbers in the headlines are striking. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that ...

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In African Cities, Mapping Paratransit Makes for Smarter Mobility

Mon, 2019-05-27 13:13
Hand-drawn in black marker and spanning an entire wall of Addis Ababa’s Anbessa company headquarters is a map depicting stops, timetables and fares for the city’s 73-year-old public bus system. Peeling icons and stickers tell a history of corrections and ...

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People Move to Cities for Better Jobs and Opportunities. Impossible Commutes Are Getting in the Way

Thu, 2019-05-23 18:40
Emmanuel leaves his home at 5 a.m. every morning with his two daughters. They take a mini-bus, or “tro-tro,” from their house in Awoshie, a residential neighborhood of Accra, Ghana, to the central business district where Emmanuel works. The trip ...

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Insights from Uganda on Why Solar Street Lights Make Sense

Wed, 2019-05-22 13:13
Street lighting is important. It allows informal vendors and traders to operate for longer hours and improves road and public safety. It also makes streets feel safer and more secure, especially for women. But street lighting is sorely lacking in many of sub-Saharan Africa’s ...

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Creating a Robust Electric Mobility Ecosystem in India: 6 Takeaways from Connect Karo 2019

Tue, 2019-05-21 13:13
At Connect Karo 2019, WRI India’s seventh annual conference on sustainable urban development in India, experts across sectors agreed on one big thing: the future of mobility is electric. This marks a rapid evolution of opinion since last year’s Connect ...

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It Now Costs You £24 to Enter Central London in an Old Car

Mon, 2019-05-20 13:13
In 2003, London followed the example of Singapore and launched a congestion charge, requiring drivers to pay £11.50 ($15.90) to enter the city center and becoming a global example of how this innovative but sometimes fraught policy can work. Sixteen ...

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PODCAST: Transportation Is the Heart of Cities

Thu, 2019-05-16 13:13
When you think about how to build more resilient cities, does transportation come to mind? Whether we realize it or not, mobility – the choices we make to get where we need to go – is top of mind every ...

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5 Things We Learned About Urban Transformation

Wed, 2019-05-15 21:31
Positive change happens in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living, traffic jams and inequality. When we launched the WRI Ross Prize for Cities in February 2018, we aimed ...

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Photo Essay: Porto Alegre Uses Tactical Urbanism to Transform João Alfredo Street

Tue, 2019-05-14 19:29
Porto Alegre’s João Alfredo Street runs through the heart of the Cidade Baixa neighborhood and is known for its active nightlife, full of bar hoppers and club goers every evening. But during the day João Alfredo is almost empty, avoided ...

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Q&A: How Bogotá is Harnessing Leadership to Redefine Road Safety and Save Lives

Fri, 2019-05-10 19:38
This week, the United Nations celebrates the fifth iteration of its Global Road Safety Week with the theme of leadership. The topic highlights the role that elected leaders have in enforcing and implementing road safety goals at the national and ...

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To Solve China’s Bike-Sharing Woes, Hangzhou and Shanghai Turn to Bluetooth and Geofencing

Wed, 2019-05-08 13:13
Shared bikes are now common on city streets, sidewalks and public spaces around the world. As of May 2018, there were more than 1,600 bike-sharing programs in more than 1,200 cities, amounting to more than 18 million shared bicycles. The ...

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Is Your City Serious About Road Safety? Look for These 3 Things

Tue, 2019-05-07 00:00
Thirty-six people died in traffic crashes in Washington, D.C. last year, a 20% increase from 2017. Eight people, six of whom were walking or biking, have already been killed this year, prompting a major public rally just two weeks ago. ...

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Scooters Are Skyrocketing in Cities, But Are They Safe? A Look at the Evidence

Sat, 2019-05-04 03:15
Electric scooters are the latest “new mobility” tech to disrupt the transportation sector. Chances are you’ve seen someone passing by on one these small but nimble two-wheelers in a city near you. Following the explosive growth of bike-sharing and ride-hailing, ...

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Climate Action Now: 3 U.S. States, 3 Cities and Puerto Rico Lead the Way

Wed, 2019-04-24 13:13
The emergence of the Green New Deal has inspired unprecedented activism and lively debate about the future of climate action in Congress and the relationship between climate policy and a broader economic and social equity agenda. So far, it’s only been talk, since ...

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