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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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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Better Transport Should Mean Better Access: Assessing Infrastructure Investment in İzmir, Turkey

Thu, 2019-07-11 19:56
The previous Map of the Month showed the power of accessibility data – comparing average travel time to different services in Mexico City – as a proxy to understand inequality in cities. But similar analyses can also help us to ...

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Protected: Assessing Transport Investments Through an Access Lens in İzmir, Turkey

Wed, 2019-07-10 22:56
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PODCAST: How Chennai’s Water Got to Day Zero

Wed, 2019-07-03 20:42
One of South India’s biggest cities is almost out of water. A year after Cape Town, South Africa, had its own “Day Zero” crisis, the reservoirs in Chennai are nearly dry, leaving millions in this usually-wet coastal city wondering if they ...

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Eskişehir, Turkey, Leads on Energy-Efficient Buildings

Fri, 2019-06-28 22:57
A city without buildings is simply not a city. And yet when it comes to climate action, buildings tend to take a back seat to transport, energy production and industry. Making buildings more energy-efficient is the cheapest way to reduce ...

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How Does a Flood-prone City Run Out of Water? Inside Chennai’s “Day Zero” Crisis

Tue, 2019-06-25 21:10
Chennai, India faced a devastating flood in 2015 that killed hundreds of people and displaced many more. Today, the southern Indian city’s four main reservoirs are virtually dry. This crisis is not only due to lack of water. Lack of proper management ...

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Besides Buying Renewables, How Can Companies and Cities Create a Greener Grid?

Fri, 2019-06-21 13:13
Corporations have driven much of the recent U.S. investment in renewable energy, collectively procuring more than 16 gigawatts of new capacity since 2014, enough to power roughly 5 million homes for a year. Commercial and industrial energy users represent more than 60% of U.S. ...

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Local Communities Aren’t Just Climate Victims. They’re Climate Adaptation Leaders

Thu, 2019-06-20 13:13
“Poor and vulnerable” is a common refrain in climate change stories. It’s a phrase used with good reason, to highlight how climate change disproportionately affects the disenfranchised. Economically, politically and socially vulnerable communities feel climate impacts first and hardest. They have fewer ...

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

Wed, 2019-06-19 13:13
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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